Charlie Ventura

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Charlie Ventura
Charlie Ventura, c. October 1946
Charlie Ventura, c. October 1946
Background information
Birth nameCharles Venturo
Born(1916-12-02)December 2, 1916
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJanuary 17, 1992(1992-01-17) (aged 75)
Pleasantville, New Jersey
Years active1940s–1980s

Charlie Ventura (born Charles Venturo; December 2, 1916 – January 17, 1992) was a tenor saxophonist and bandleader from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


During the 1940s, Ventura played saxophone for the bands of Gene Krupa and Teddy Powell.[1] In 1945 he was named best tenor saxophonist by DownBeat magazine.[1][2] He led a band which included Conte Candoli, Bennie Green, Boots Mussulli, Ed Shaughnessy, Jackie Cain, and Roy Kral.[1] He led big bands in the 1940s and 1950s and formed the Big Four with Buddy Rich, Marty Napoleon, and Chubby Jackson.[1] He was a sideman with Krupa through the 1960s, then worked in Las Vegas with comedian Jackie Gleason.[1] In 1992 he died of lung cancer.[1]


  • Stomping with the Sax (Crystalette, 1950)
  • Gene Norman Presents a Charlie Ventura Concert (Decca, 1953)
  • F.Y.I. (EmArcy, 1954)
  • In Concert (GNP, 1954)
  • An Evening with Charlie Ventura and Mary Ann McCall (Norgran, 1954)
  • Another Evening with Charlie Ventura and Mary Ann McCall (Norgran, 1954)
  • Jumping with Ventura (EmArcy, 1955)
  • An Evening with Mary Ann McCall and Charlie Ventura (Norgran, 1955)
  • Charlie Ventura's Carnegie Hall Concert (Norgran, 1955)
  • The New Charlie Ventura in Hi-Fi (Baton, 1956)
  • Plays Hi-Fi Jazz (Tops, 1957)
  • Crazy Rhythms (Regent, 1957)
  • Adventure with Charlie (King, 1957)
  • Here's Charlie (Brunswick, 1957)
  • East of Suez (Regent, 1958)
  • A Battle of Saxes (King, 1959)
  • Plays for the People (Craftsmen, 1960)
  • Live at the 3 Deuces! (Phoenix Jazz, 1975)
  • Aces at the Deuces (Phoenix Jazz, 1976)

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kelsey, Chris. "Charlie Ventura". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ Down Beat Poll Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine