|Born||November 24, 1923|
|Died||July 16, 1957(aged 33)|
|Associated acts||Woody Herman, The Four Brothers|
The son of noted Boston piano teachers, Margaret and Julius Chaloff, he was among the few major jazz performers on his instrument. Until Chaloff the only prominent baritone player in jazz was Harry Carney of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Originally influenced by Charlie Parker, Chaloff became the first major bebop baritonist and opened the way for others to follow.
Chaloff first became well known as one of the "Four Brothers" reed section in Woody Herman's Second Herd. He also played with Boyd Raeburn, Georgie Auld, Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie, as well as recording as a leader.
- Boston 1950 - radio recordings
- The Fable of Mabel (1954)
- Boston Blow–Up! (1955) - produced by Stan Kenton
- Blue Serge (1956) - with Sonny Clark, Leroy Vinnegar and Philly Joe Jones
- Metronome All-Stars 1956 Verve MGV 8030
N.B.: For a list of Chaloff's recordings, vid. Vladimir Simosko, Serge Chaloff, an Appreciation and Discography, 3rd ed., rev., Montréal Vintage Music Society, 1991, ISBN 1-895002-06-0.