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Charlie Ventura

Tenor man Charlie Ventura was was a prominent fixture on the jazz scene during his era. Born Charles Venturo he was one of thirteen children from a musical family who went on to become a jazz legend, and was named “Number One Tenor Saxophonist” by Down Beat Magazine in 1945.

In the summer of 1942, Charlie got a call at his day job at the Philadelphia Navy yard to join Gene Krupa's band. Unwilling to relinquish the security of a paycheck, he turned them down. Then came the second phone call and before long, Charlie was on the road with the band becoming a featured soloist, along with trumpet star, Roy Eldridge and singer Anita O'Day. Throughout the forties, fifties and sixties, Charlie Ventura and Gene Krupa made music history together as America's leading jazz greats.

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December 03, 2013

Charlie Ventura on Baritone

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Albums

Bop for the People
Bop for the People
Proper Box UK
2002
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Bop For The People
Magneoton
1983
buy
[no cover]
Euphoria
Magneoton
1980
buy
[no cover]
East Of Suez
Magneoton
1958
buy
[no cover]
Plays Hi-Fi Jazz
Magneoton
1957
buy
[no cover]
Jumping With Ventura
Magneoton
1955
buy

Videos

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