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By Marshal Royal, Claire P. Gordon

Marsgal Royal used to be a middle member of the count number Basei Orchestra for 20 years in the course of its resurgence within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. sooner than that, he used to be a pioneer of jazz at the West Coast, fiddling with many bands in and round l. a.. a baby prodigy of either the violin and saxophone, Royal was once actually born at the street as his musician mom and dad made their manner West. Royal stocks his stories with Les Hite's band at Sebastian's New Cotton membership, the place 's Orchestra after a wartime profession in U.S. army bands. After leaving Hampton, Royal made numerous recordings as a freelancer ahead of becoming a member of Basie, the place he was once accountable for rehearsing the Orchestra. Later, he grew to become across the world often called a soloist whereas carrying on with his prolific recording occupation. His brother, Ernie, who was once a celebrity trumpeter within the bands of Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, is usually profiled. Claire P. Gordon is the editor of Rex Stewart's memoir, Boy Meets Horn, and of Stewart's different collections of writings. She lives at the West Coast and has a long term curiosity within the oral heritage of jazz.

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