Buddy Arnold

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Buddy Arnold
Birth name Arnold Buddy Grishaver
Born (1926-04-30)April 30, 1926
Origin Bronx, USA
Died November 9, 2003(2003-11-09) (aged 77)
Genres Swing, Jazz
Occupation(s) Saxophone
Instruments Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Associated acts Joe Marsala, Stan Kenton

Arnold Buddy Grishaver, better known as Buddy Arnold (April 30, 1926, The Bronx – November 9, 2003, Los Angeles), was an American jazz saxophonist.

Arnold played in Joe Marsala's and Georgie Auld's bands in the 1940s before serving in the Army from 1944 to 1946. Following this he played with Herbie Fields, Buddy Rich, George Williams, and Claude Thornhill in the late 1940s before leaving active performance to study music and economics at Columbia University. In 1951 he began playing regularly again, touring with Buddy DeFranco, then worked with Jerry Wald, Tex Beneke, Elliot Lawrence, Stan Kenton, and Neal Hefti. His debut release as a leader, Wailing, was issued on Paramount Records in 1956; he did further work for the label with Phil Sunkel.

Arnold's career was sporadic after the mid-1950s, due in no small part to continuing problems with drug addiction. In 1958, Arnold was imprisoned for attempted burglary, but returned in 1960 after his sentence ended to play with Kenton and Tommy Dorsey.

Musicians Assistance Program[edit]

In the 1980s he dropped out of music due to another prison sentence stemming from his addictions; upon his release he founded, with the assistance of John Branca, an organization called the Musicians' Assistance Program or MAP for musicians with drug abuse problems. The program has helped many musicians from every era of music. In 2004, MusiCares acquired MAP and merged the two programs under the MusiCares banner.[1]

See also[edit]

He played with Love Jones in the 1990s, and died clean and sober at the age of 77 in 2003.

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