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Born: March 5, 1927    Primary Instrument: Sax, soprano

George Probert

Soprano-saxophonist George Probert (who doubles on alto for this lively set) is best-known as an alumnus of the Firehouse Five Plus Two but he has been a fixture at traditional jazz festivals for decades. As a largely self-taught soprano saxophonist and occasional clarinetist, George Probert was one of the younger players in the Dixieland revival bands of the 1950's. Probert had important associations with Bob Scobey (1950-53), Kid Ory (1954) and particularly the Firehouse Five Plus Two (from 1954 until their final record in 1969). Probert became musical director of the Walt Disney Studio in 1955. During the past three decades, the outspoken Probert (a forceful and colorful soprano saxophonist) has been part of a countless number of jazz festivals, but has only recorded a few dates as a leader for Fat Cat's Jazz and, more recently, Jazz Crusade....
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Although acknowledged as a virtuoso on the soprano saxophone, Probert unleashes a startling flow of his additional instrumental skills including clarinet, ocarina, tambourine, kazoo, duck calls, and a siren--apparently he left his slap- stick at home!

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