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Jack Schaeffer

Born: March 19, 1946    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Jack Schaeffer

California native, Jack Schaeffer's natural ability with the clarinet early on lead him to organize his dixieland band, The Gages Rages. Then following he played the baritone sax with Phil Moore's big band touring the country, playing in a spin off German band group where with Jack's intuitive nature and sense of humor added just the right amount of Bavarian oomph-papa to round out the polkas in the classic styling on his clarinet.

In the early 60's Jack on the tenor sax, joined with the popular surf band The Royale Monarchs which were regulars on the television show “The Cinnamon Cinder.” Producer Gary Usher discovered the musicians and singed Jack's newly reformed group, The Forte'Four to a recording contract at MCA/Universal and released several singles on the Decca Records label. Guitarist Glen Campbell joined as session man on their recording dates. Elvis Presley liked the groups new song “The Climb,” and used their recording on the soundtrack of the MGM film, “Viva Las Vegas.”...
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As Session Musician


Shredder
The Wackers
Electra
2006


Wackering Heights
The Wackers
Electra
2006


Hot Wacks
The Wackers
Electra
1995


Got Rhythm ?
Hot House
2000


L.A. Confidential
Hot House
Warner Bros
1997


Viva Las Vegas, Original Soundtrack
Forte' Four
MGM
1966
Tracks:The Climb


Let's Go Trippin'
Forte' Four
Del
1989


Surfs Up!
The Royale Monarchs
Decca
1964


Great Balls of Fire
Royale Monarchs
Decca
1963


My Babe
Royale Monarchs
Decca
1963


The Teen Sceen
The Roayle Monarchs
Garland
1998

As Album Producer/ Arranger


Why Can't I?
Patty Parsons
1978


Ron Butler and the Saxist: Go Figure !
Ron Butler
1998

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Clarinet, flute, soprano sax, his primary horn the tenor sax. Baritone and even a bass sax are part of his arsenal.

Jack prefers and plays Yamaha saxes. His Bb Clarinet is a '62 Leblanc. Eb Alto Clarinet is just a funky ol' Student Model Bundy. Baritone was a '63 Conn. Bass was reconditioned '62 Buscher. "Oh yeah, my Jazz mouthpieces are Runyon, the ones with sympathetic reed baffles, also Earnie Northway for more beefy (rock) sounds."

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