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Charlie Barnet

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: October 26, 1913 | Died: 1991    

Charlie Barnet is one of the more colorful figures in jazz history. He was also a champion of racial equality, hiring many black singers and musicians at a time when other bands were segregated. His use of African-American performers kept his orchestra out of several hotels and ballrooms and was also probably the reason why he was never picked for any big commercial radio series. His music and arrangements were admittedly influenced by Duke Ellington.

Barnet was born into New York high society in 1913. He rebelled against his parent's wishes that he study law and became a jazz musician instead, playing in his first outfit at age 16. He formed his first important band in 1933 and cut several sides in 1934 with an all-star group led by Red Norvo. In 1936, while playing with his own orchestra at the Glen Island Casino, he introduced vocal group the Modernaires, who later went on to fame with Glenn Miller....
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    The Everest Years

    Empire Musicwerks
    2005
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    Cherokee

    Magneoton
    1992
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    Giants Of The Big Band Era

    Magneoton
    1990
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    Charlie Barnet

    Magneoton
    1989
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    One For My Baby

    Magneoton
    1985
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    Big Bands: Charlie Barnet

    Magneoton
    1983
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    The Complete Charlie Barnet, Volume VI / 1941-1942

    Magneoton
    1982
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