Buddy DeFranco (Boniface Ferdinand Leonardo DeFranco)
Photos with Buddy DeFranco
BiographyCamden, New Jersey, USA
Clarinetist, bandleader, arranger, conductor and composer, educated at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also studied with Meyer Levin and Ross Wyre. At fourteen, he won a Major Bowes competition and a Tommy Dorsey swing contest as a jazz clarinetist. With his brother Lawrence and also Elliot Lawrence, he formed a teenage band which was featured on radio. For sixteen years, he toured in dance bands, and led his own sextet, big band, and quartet. He would later go on to assume the leadership of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Read more... "Strings Have Strung", and "Really Swell".