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Love Me or Leave Me
by Sol Yaged Quintet
Sol Yaged (1922 to 2019) was an American 'jazz' clarinetist. Solomon William Yaged was born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, on December 8th 1922. The son of a real estate manager, he began playing the clarinet at the age of 12 after first hearing 'jazz'/'swing' bandleader Benny Goodman's broadcasts during the 1930s radio programme "Let's Dance". He studied more formally under a New York Philharmonic clarinetist, but turned down the chance of a classical music career with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in order to play 'jazz' instead (which would be mainly in New York City nightclubs, including Jimmy Ryan's and the Swing Club). After serving in the Army for three years during World War II, Yaged started playing clarinet with professional groups led by such musicians as Phil Napoleon, Coleman Hawkins, Red Allen and Jack Teagarden. He was then employed as a consultant on Goodman's musical style for the 1956 film "The Benny Goodman Story", and from the start of the 1960s worked primarily as an ensemble leader himself in New York City (such as with today's featured Quintet). Other musicians with whom he worked included Eddie Condon, Gene Krupa, Max Kaminsky, Jimmy McPartland and Muggsy Spanier - he also participated in recordings with 'jazz' musician/composer Chubby Jackson, and worked as part of a septet with 'jazz' guitarist Charlie Byrd. In the early 1990s, Yaged was part of Felix Endico's 'swing' band, and from 1996 to 1997 worked under the musical direction of bandleader Jack Vartan in Bergen County, New Jersey. He was still performing 'live' on clarinet in 2010, including with Vince Giordano's band the 'Nighthawks'. By the time of his complete retirement from playing, he had performed continuously on the instrument for more than seventy years. Sol Yaged died at an assisted living facility in Coconut Creek, Florida, on May 16th 2019. He was 96, and although his wife Zelda had pre-deceased him in 1994, their two children both survive him. http://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/obituaries/sol-yaged-dead.html
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Yaged - http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Yaged
Posted: 17th June 2019
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† REST IN PEACE †
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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