Buddy DeFranco (Clarinet) - Buddy (Boniface Ferdinand Leonardo) Defranco played with several name bands on alto including Gene Krupa 1942-3, Charlie Barnet 1943-4 and Tommy Dorsey (three stints in 1944-8, during which he was featured on clarinet). In between, he did prolific small group work in California, New York, and Chicago. He was a member of the Count Basie Octet 1950-1, playing in a film short but not allowed to be seen with the otherwise all-black group ( (he was replaced on screen by Marshall Royal). He formed hi own big band (1951), then a quartet (1952-5) including Art Blakely and Kenny Drew, later Sonny Clark. He settled on the west coast, led a new quartet (1961-4), and then became leader of the Glenn Miller "Ghost band" (1966-74). Involved in education in the late 1970s and occasional work as a soloist, he made several tours to Europe in the 1980s and (from 1981) began an ongoing partnership with Terry Gibbs. A consummate technician who invariably provokes the envy of struggling performers.
With the Grammy nominated recording you must believe in swing, the perennially swinging duo of pianist Dave McKenna and clarineted Buddy DeFranco join forces together again, they pick up where they left off, swinging romp of a recording that could have only come from a perfect pairing of jazz legends.