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Dave Pell

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: February 26, 1935    

Dave Pell

Dave Pell started the octet after playing with most of the bands in the big band era, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and the like, he was a featured star of the Les Brown Band of Renown for 13 years. Shorty Rogers and Marty Paich were the first arrangers that came up with the unique sound of the band that was basically the four soloists from the Les Brown Band and the rhythm section.

The Dave Pell Octet was one of the bands credited with the creation of the West Coast Jazz scene in the 1950’s. The band became an instant success and was a showcase for the great new West Coast arrangers, including John Williams, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Johnny Mandel, Andre Previn, Med Flory and many more. The Dave Pell Octet arrangements are once again being made available from Dave at his Jazz/Dance arrangements site because of the resurgence of interest from schools all over the world....
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  • Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums

    Avid Records UK
    2013
  • Remembers John Kirby and Big Small Bands

    Fresh Sound Records
    2012
  • The Dave Pell Octet Plays Rodgers & Hart

    Milestone Records
    2000
  • The Dave Pell Octet Plays Again

    Milestone Records
    1984
  • Dave Pell's Prez Conference

    Milestone Records
    1978
  • Jazz Voices In Video

    Milestone Records
    1963
  • Plays Perez Prado's Big Band Sounds

    Milestone Records
    1960
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