Catalogue: JASCD 399
Price Code: B
Release Date: 01/07/2003
Bar Code: 604988 03992 4
Billy MAY & His Orch.
Studio Recordings 1951-53
Billy May was born in 1916 in Pittsburgh, a city
that produced a wealth of jazz musicians. At school he learned to play the tuba,
trombone and trumpet. He took a keen interest in musical arranging and earned a
little extra money by transcribing arrangements from recordings which he then
sold to local band leaders. After a career with local bands, he joined Charlie
Barnet in 1939 as an arranger and provided Barnet with many hit arrangements.
When Charlie wanted to expand his trumpet section, Billy was the natural choice
as he was on the spot and he knew the band's arrangements. His talent resulted
in his move to Glenn Miller in 1941 where he again provided a string of hit
arrangements as well as many notable trumpet solos. When Miller disbanded his
orchestra to join the US Army Air Force, Billy jobbed around New York before
heading west to California to await his own draft into the Armed Forces. He was
found to be medically unfit and looked for work locally.
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