Barney Bigard (Albany Leon Bigard)
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BiographyNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Barney Bigard was educated at Straight College, and was a clarinetist in Duke Ellington's orchestra, 1928-1942, and was also with King Oliver, Charlie Elgar, Luis Russell, Freddie Slack, Kid Ory, and the Louis Armstrong All-Star Concert Group, touring worldwide, 1947-1955. He led his own sextet, and toured Europe and Africa for the State Department, 1961-1962. He was awarded the Esquire Jazz (Silver) Award, 1945-46-48. He was a member of the Hot Club of France. Joining ASCAP in 1956, his chief musical collaborator was Duke Ellington. Read more... Jones", "Steps Steps Up And Steps Steps Down", "Clarinet Lament", "Saturday Night Function", "Lament For a Lost Love", and "C-Jam Blues".