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Big Band - Bobby Hackett

Bobby Hackett

Bobby Hackett (January 31, 1915 - June 7, 1976) was a jazz musician who played trumpet, cornet and guitar, and played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra during 1941-42.

Hackett was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He made his name as a follower of the legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke: Benny Goodman hired him to recreate Bix's famous "I'm Coming Virginia" solo at his (Goodman's) 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. It seems that from then on, Hackett was determined to shake off the "new Bix" tag, and always proclaimed that he was a "Louis (Armstrong) man."

Though jazz cornetist Bobby Hackett was also proficient on the guitar, it was his horn work that brought him prominence. His mellow tone and melodic style contrasted sharply with the brash sound of many of his early contemporaries, especially when he played Dixieland. A sought-after instrumentalist, Hackett worked with dozens of top artists during his long career and briefly led his own big band.


 

 

 
 
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