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Barney Bigard (Albany Leon Bigard)

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Biography

New 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...

Actor

Character: Band Member - Clarinet Player

Black and Tan 1929

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Character: Jive Club Clarinetist

Phantom Lady 1944

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