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Shep Fields

Shep Fields (September 12, 1910 – February 23, 1981) was the band leader for the “Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm” orchestra during the Big Band era of the 1930s.

Erich Kunzel

Erich Kunzel, Jr. (March 21, 1935 – September 1, 2009) was an American orchestra conductor. Called the “Prince of Pops” by the Chicago Tribune, he performed with a number of leading pops and symphony orchestras, especially the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (CPO), which he led for 32 years.

Léon Bernier

Léon Bernier (6 September 1936, Hull, Quebec – 11 October 2011, Longueuil) was a Canadian composer, conductor, pianist, arranger, accompanist, and music pedagogue. He composed and arranged music for numerous programs on Canadian radio and television, and also wrote music for a number of theatrical productions in Canada. For CBC Television he served as music director of the programs Les Coqueluches, Allo Boubou, Zoum, and Les Démons du midi, and composed music for the television dramas Edna, Le Vélo devant la porte, Pâques, Le Misanthrope, and Coup de sang among others.
In 1962 Bernier founded Les Diplomates du Québec, an award-winning drum and bugle corps which remains active to this day. He served as pop singer Ginette Reno’s music director from 1964 to 1972. His arrangements for Reno’s self-titled album was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1968. From 1970 to 1972 he was director of a summer concert series at the Place des Arts in Montreal. As a pianist, he appeared as a soloist with a number of notable Canadian ensembles, including several appearances with both the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Bernier was a pupil of pianist Hélène Landry at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Québec where he graduated with a premier prix in piano performance in 1954. In 1955 he was awarded the Prix d’Europe which enabled him to study under Renzo Silvestri from 1956-1958 at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He taught on the music faculties of Laval University, the Université de Montréal, and the Université du Québec.

Alfred Gaul

Alfred Robert Gaul (30 April 1837 — 13 September 1913) was an English composer, conductor and organist.

Art Mooney

Arthur Joseph Mooney (February 11, 1911, Lowell Massachusetts  – September 9, 1993) was an American singer and bandleader. His biggest hits were “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” and “Baby Face” in 1948 and “Nuttin’ For Christmas,” with Barry Gordon, in 1955. His fourth million selling song “Honey Babe” (1955) was used in the motion picture, Battle Cry, having reached the Top 10 in the US.

Gunther Schuller

Gunther Alexander Schuller (November 22, 1925 – June 21, 2015) was an American composer, conductor, horn player, author, historian and jazz musician.

Al Tabor

Alfred Taboriwsky (1898–1983), known as Al Tabor, was an English bandleader, best known as the supposed originator of the song the “Hokey cokey”, even though versions of the song had been published long before Tabor.

Guillaume Couture (musician)

Guillaume Couture (23 October 1851 – 15 January 1915) was a Canadian choir conductor, composer, music critic, and music educator. Although he never pursued a performance career, he is particularly remembered for his work as a voice teacher, having taught many notable Canadian singers. He is the grandfather of composer Jean Papineau-Couture.

Andrew Constantine

Andrew Constantine (born William Andrew Constantine, 30 December 1961, County Durham, England) is a British conductor. He is currently the Music Director of both the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (appointed 2009) and the Reading Symphony Orchestra (appointed 2007).

Henri René

Henri René (born Harold M. Kirchstein; December 29, 1906 – April 25, 1993), was an American musician who had an international career in the recording industry as a producer, composer, conductor and arranger. Born in New York City of a German father and a French mother, young Harold traveled to Germany with his family where he studied at the Royal Berlin Academy of Music. Returning to the U.S. in the mid-1920s, he began appearing with several orchestras. Some time after these experiences, he returned once more to Berlin, working as a composer in the German film industry, and as an arranger with a German record label.

Allard de Ridder

Allard de Ridder (3 May 1887 – 13 May 1966) was a Dutch–Canadian conductor, violist, and composer. He was notably the first conductor of both the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the latter of which he founded in 1944. As a composer he produced several orchestral works, including a violin concerto, four symphonic poems, a Sketch for flute, violin, and orchestra, Overture in D, and Intermezzo. He also wrote a string quartet, the scherzo Beware of Love for a cappella choir, and a number of songs.

Patrick Williams (composer)

Patrick Moody Williams (born April 23, 1939) is an American composer, arranger, and conductor who was worked in many genres of music and in film and television.

Charles O’Neill (musician)

Charles O’Neill (31 August 1882 – 9 September 1964) was a Canadian bandmaster, composer, organist, cornetist, and music educator of Irish birth. Although he wrote many symphonic and choral works, the majority of his compositional output was devoted to band music.

John Adaskin

John Adaskin’s biography, age, height, fact, career, awards, net worth, salary, income, family tree, personal life and life story.

René Gagnier

René Gagnier (30 May 1892 – 25 May 1951) was a Canadian conductor, composer, euphonium player, violinist, and music educator. His compositional output includes several marches, waltzes, works for solo violin, and some chamber and symphonic music, all of which remains unpublished.

Roman Toi

Roman Toi (born 18 June 1916 in Kõo Parish, Estonia) is an Estonian composer, choir conductor, and organist. Influenced by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Toi’s music is melodic, lyrical, and melancholic in style. His compositional output includes nine cantatas (composed 1953–77), three symphonies (1969, 1972, 1974), and more than 80 choral works. Many of his compositions have become part of the standard Estonian choral repertoire.

Wilfrid Pelletier

Joseph Louis Wilfrid Pelletier (sometimes spelled Wilfred), CC (20 June 1896 – 9 April 1982) was a Canadian conductor, pianist, composer, and arts administrator. He was instrumental in establishing the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, serving as the orchestra’s first artistic director and conductor from 1935-1941. He had a long and fruitful partnership with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City that began with his appointment as a rehearsal accompanist in 1917; ultimately working there as one of the company’s conductors in mainly the French opera repertoire from 1929-1950. From 1951–1966 he was the principal conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. He was also a featured conductor for a number of RCA Victor recordings, including an acclaimed reading of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem featuring baritone Mack Harrell and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and chorus.
Pelletier was one of the most influential music educators in Canada during the 20th century. It was largely through his efforts that the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec (CMADQ), an organization which has established and oversees nine different schools of higher education in music and theatre in Quebec, was established in 1942. From 1943 through 1961 he served as the director of the CMADQ and its first school the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. He also served as the first director of the CMDAQ’s second school, the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Québec, from 1944–1946, and was instrumental in establishing the Conservatoire d’art dramatique du Québec à Montréal in 1954.
As a pianist, Pelletier was active during the 1920s and 1930s as one half of a piano duo with partner Arthur Loesser, the half-brother of Broadway composer Frank Loesser. The two made a number of recordings together that were made under the direction of Arthur Bodanzky. He also made a number of solo recordings and Ampico piano rolls in the early 1920s, playing mostly piano reductions from the operas of French composers like Georges Bizet, Charles Gounod, and Jules Massenet. As a composer, he produced only a small body of work, most notably In the Dark, in the Dew (published in Boston, 1923) which soprano Maria Jeritza included in a number of her recitals. He was married three times in his life, notably to opera singers Queena Mario and Rose Bampton.

Jack Semple

Jack Semple is a Canadian blues musician from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Louis Prima

Louis Leo Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, and jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920s, fronted a swing combo in the 1930s and a big band group in the 1940s, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, and performed frequently as a Vegas lounge act beginning in the 1950s.

Phil Nimmons

Phillip Rista “Phil” Nimmons, OC OOnt (born June 3, 1923) is a Canadian jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and academic.
Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, the son of George Rista and Hilda Louise (McCrum), he attended Lord Byng Secondary School, graduating in 1940. He then received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1944. During his time in Vancouver, he played in the Ray Norris Quintet. From 1945 to 1947, he was a scholar at the Juilliard School of Music. From 1948 to 1950, he attended the Royal Conservatory of Music.
He joined the University of Toronto in 1973 as instructor in jazz techniques and is now Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies. Among his notable pupils are composers Jerry Toth and Rick Wilkins.
In 1976, he received the first Juno Award given in the jazz category for his album Atlantic Suite performed by his band Nimmons ‘N’ Nine Plus Six.
In 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also a recipient of the Order of Ontario. In 2002, Nimmons received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts, for his lifetime contribution to popular music.
On November 21, 2005, Nimmons was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by SOCAN at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto.

Max Steiner

Maximilian Raoul “Max” Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve and became a full-time professional, either composing, arranging, or conducting, when he was fifteen.
He worked in England, then Broadway, and in 1929 he moved to Hollywood, where he became one of the first composers to write music scores for films. Steiner was referred to as “the father of film music”. Steiner played a major part in creating the tradition of writing music for films, along with composers Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrmann, and Miklós Rózsa.
Steiner composed over 300 film scores with RKO Pictures and Warner Bros., and was nominated for 24 Academy Awards, winning three: The Informer (1935); Now, Voyager (1942); and Since You Went Away (1944). Besides his Oscar-winning scores, some of Steiner’s popular works include King Kong (1933), Little Women (1933), Jezebel (1938), Casablanca (1942), The Searchers (1956), A Summer Place (1959), and Gone with the Wind (1939), the film score for which he is best known.
He was also the first recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, which he won for his score to Life with Father. Steiner was a frequent collaborator with some of the most famous film directors in history, including Michael Curtiz, John Ford, and William Wyler, and scored many of the films with Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and Fred Astaire. A lot of his film scores are available as separate soundtrack recordings.

George Clinton (musician)

George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. He was the principal architect of P-Funk and the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s. He launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music along with James Brown and Sly Stone. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Edmond Trudel

Edmond Trudel’s biography, age, height, fact, career, awards, net worth, salary, income, family tree, personal life and life story.

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Dimitri Mitropoulos (Greek: Δημήτρης Μητρόπουλος) (1 March [O.S. 18 February] 1896 – 2 November 1960), was a Greek conductor, pianist, and composer. He received international fame both as a major conductor and composer of the 20th century.