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Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: July 2, 1927 | Died: April 3, 2009    

Charlie Kennedy, a talented alto saxophonist who was best known for his association with Gene Krupa's big band. The best years of Kennedy's career were the 1940s, when he played with Louis Prima's big band. His fine tenor solo can be heard on Prima's 1943 version of “The White Cliffs of Dover.”

He moved on to lead his own quartet before joining Krupa's big band from 1945 to 1948 and was the featured soloist on a number of recordings, including “How High the Moon,” “Disc Jockey Jump” and “I Should Have Kept on Dreaming.”

While living in the East, Kennedy also played with a number of other leading bands, including groups led by Charlie Ventura, Flip Phillips and Chico O'Farrill...
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