Bobby Hackett – 2013

By shifting focus from his successful career as a string player (ukulele, guitar, violin) in the vaudeville tradition to the blossoming jazz scene in the early 20th century, he became one of the most celebrated cornetists/trumpeters in the history of the music.

Providence-born trumpeter and cornetist Bobby Hackett was one of the greatest improvisers in the history of jazz. His career spanned six decades (1930s-1970s) and encompassed every style from New Orleans traditional to big band swing to the easy-listening mood music of the 1950s.

Along the way he performed with dozens of musical giants including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. His unique and exquisite tone coupled with his melodic improvisational style gave him an instantly recognizable sound and made him a household name.

Louis Armstrong considered Bobby his only equal. His releases as a leader, a sideman, and as a featured soloist are all equally considered to be some of the most important recordings in the history of popular music.

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