Babe Russin (Irving Russin)
BiographyPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Largely self-taught tenor saxophonist and clarinettist Irving 'Babe' Russin was a prolific free-lance recording artist of the 1930's and 40's, noted for his improvisational skills. He also worked on and off with many of the top bands of the era, beginning with the California Ramblers in 1926, followed by spells with Smith Ballew (1926-27), Ben Pollack (1930), Red Nichols (1930-32) and Russ Columbo (1932-33). Read more... Miami. Russin performed the famous solo on the classic Glenn Miller tune ' A String of Pearls'. He served with the U.S. Army between 1944 and 1946, and subsequently performed in the AFRS Orchestra before moving to Hollywood as a studio musician. He later appeared at jazz festivals and toured Europe during the 1970's.