New Orleans-born clarinet/tenor sax soloist with Oliver, Ellington, Ory & Armstrong, co-wrote “Mood Indigo”
Autograph ID: 3545
Condition: Very good, discolorations on image are NOT on the original item!
Description: “(Albany Leon, 1906-1980) American jazz clarinetist-tenor saxophonist, primarily known for the clarinet.
Born in New Orleans, studied music and clarinet with Lorenzo Tio. Moved to Chicago in the early 20s, and worked with King Oliver and others. During this period, much of his recording with Oliver and others, including clarinetist Johnny Dodds, was on tenor saxophone, an instrument he played often with great lyricism, as on Oliver’s hit record “Someday Sweetheart”. With Duke Ellington’s band in New York 1927-42 as featured clarinet soloist, while also doing some section work on tenor. After leaving Ellington, he moved to Los Angeles and did sound track work, including an onscreen featured role with an all-star band led by Louis Armstrong in the 1946 film “New Orleans”.
He began working with trombonist Kid Ory’s band in the late 40s, and later worked with Louis Armstrong’s touring band, the All Stars, and others. Bigard is credited as composer or co-composer on several numbers, notably the Duke Ellington standard “Mood Indigo”.
ISP, 8 x 10 b&w bust portrait playing clarinet, inscribed with sentiment, adds year 1978.”