February 26, 1925 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Labels||Atlantic, Kapp, Coral, Capitol, and RCA Victor|
|Associated acts||The Dave Pell Octet|
Pell first played in his teens with the big bands of Tony Pastor, Bob Astor, and Bobby Sherwood, and then moved to California in the middle of the 1940s. There he played on Bob Crosby's radio show in 1946, and was a member of Les Brown's band from 1947 to 1955. In 1953 he began working with his own ensembles, mostly as an octet; among the players were Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Marty Paich, and Art Pepper. These ensembles recorded in the 1950s for Atlantic, Kapp, Coral, Capitol, and RCA Victor; alongside this, he played as a sideman for Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa. He also produced in the 1950s and 1960s for Tops, Uni and Liberty; among his credits in production were some singles by Gary Lewis & the Playboys. In the 1970s he assembled the group Prez Conference, a Lester Young tribute ensemble. In the 1980s he returned to the octet format, and played on and off into the 1990s.
While living in North Hollywood, Dave Pell was married to Babette and had 2 daughters, Sandra and Suzanne.
- The Dave Pell Octet Plays Irving Berlin (Kapp/Fresh Sound Records, 1953) with Don Fagerquist, Ray Sims
- The Dave Pell Octet Plays Again (Fresh Sound Records, 1954)
- The Dave Pell Octet: I Had The Craziest Dream (Fresh Sound Records, 1956) with Don Fagerquist, Bob Gordon
- The Dave Pell Octet - Jazz Goes Dancing (Prom To Prom) (RCA/Fresh Sound Records, 1956) with Bob Bates, Don Fagerquist, Ray Sims
- The Dave Pell Octet - A Pell Of A Time (RCA/Fresh Sound Records, 1957) with Pepper Adams, Marty Paich, Paul Moer, Mel Lewis
- The Dave Pell Octet - Campus Hop: Jazz Goes Dancing (RCA/Fresh Sound Records, 1957) with Jack Sheldon, Bob Enevoldsen, Paul Moer, Mel Lewis