Tony Pastor (bandleader)

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(For the Victorian era impresario of the same name, see Tony Pastor)

Tony Pastor performing at the Hotel Edison in the 1940s. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb

Tony Pastor (born Anthony Pestritto) (October 26, 1907-October 31, 1969) was an Italian American novelty singer and tenor saxophonist, who played tenor sax with John Cavallaro (1927), Irving Aaronson (1928–30), Austin Wylie (1930), Smith Ballew (1934), Joe Venuti, Paul Fredricks, Vincent Lopez, and Artie Shaw's first (1936–37) and second (1937–39) orchestras. In November 1939 when Shaw walked off the bandstand in the Cafe Rouge located inside the Hotel Pennsylvania (essentially quitting his own band), Pastor was soon coaxed into leading his own big band, which he did from 1939 to 1959.

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