Raised in New Orleans, red-hot saxophonist/clarinetist, Al Belletto was able to make the transition from traditional jazz to swing to bop. While working towards his undergraduate degree, Belletto led his own band. He then began playing around his New Orleans hometown with Sharkey Bonano, Louis Prima and Wingy Manone, plus The Dukes Of Dixieland. He started his own group in 1952 and recorded several albums on Capitol Records from that year on, later working in several clubs. Belletto's sextet was absorbed into Woody Herman's orchestra for a 1958 state department tour of South America and once again a year later.