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by Dave Shepherd, clarinet, with Jack Honeyborne All Stars
CATCH-UP: Dave Shepherd (1929 to 2016) was an English 'jazz' clarinetist. David Joseph Shepherd was born in London, England, on February 7th 1929. Before switching to clarinet at the age of 16, he had become proficient on the piano. He then studied under a clarinetist attached to the Hamburg State Opera while stationed in the German city after World War II ended, and upon his return to England played with Reg Rigden (1950), Joe Daniels (1951 to 1953) and Freddy Randall (1954 to 1955). Shepherd also played as part of the bands accompanying Billie Holiday and Gerry Mulligan on their respective tours of Britain. He moved to New York City in 1956 to play with Ted Kotick's ensemble, then returned to England to play with the 'Jazz Today Unit' from 1956 to 1957 and 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' in 1957. He also played with Mary Lou Williams several times throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s and 1970s, Shepherd rejoined Freddy Randall for a time and also collaborated with Teddy Wilson, while additionally appearing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973 and at a South African festival in 1975. He was part of the 'Pizza Express All Star Jazz Band' from 1980 to 1999, as well as leading several of his own bands. He was deeply involved in producing music for film and television, and continued to play solo spots and make other guest appearances (such as the one featured) until shortly before his death. Dave Shepherd died from cancer at the Macmillan Unit of Christchurch Hospital in Hampshire on December 15th 2016. He was 87. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/28/dave-shepherd-obituary
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Shepherd
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