Don Fagerquist

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Don Fagerquist
Birth name Donald Alton Fagerquist
Born (1927-02-06)February 6, 1927
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 23, 1974(1974-01-23) (aged 46)
Canoga Park, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1940–1974
Associated acts

Donald Alton Fagerquist (February 6, 1927 – January 23, 1974) was a small group, big band, and studio jazz trumpet player from the West Coast of the United States.

Career[edit]

Fagerquist was a featured soloist with several major bands, including Mal Hallett (1943), Gene Krupa (1944–50), Artie Shaw (1949–50), Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five (1949–50), Woody Herman (1951–52), Les Brown (1953), and the Dave Pell Octet (1953–59).[1] He played on the memorable "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook" album (1963) under the baton of the great Nelson Riddle.

Despite high demand for his services as a lyrical soloist, he only recorded twice as a leader: a half-date for Capitol in 1955 (reissued as part of the Dave Pell Octet CD I Had the Craziest Dream) and a complete project for Mode in 1957 (Music to Fill a Void).

In 1956, Fagerquist signed on as a staff musician for Paramount Films, while still periodically recording with artists such as Shelly Manne, Mel Tormé, and Art Pepper.[2] Throughout the early- to mid-1960s, Fagerquist's solos could be heard on the recordings of Pete Rugolo, Frank Comstock, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Paul Weston, Si Zentner, Dean Martin and many others.

By 1966, health issues forced Fagerquist to withdraw from studio recording altogether. He died from kidney disease at his home in Canoga Park, California, at the age of 46.[3]

Selected discography[edit]

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

With Louis Bellson

With Hoagy Carmichael

With Bob Cooper

With Fred Katz

With Stan Kenton

With Junior Mance

With Dave Pell

  • Dave Pell Octet Plays Irving Berlin (Kapp, 1954)
  • Dave Pell Octet Plays Rodgers & Hart (Kapp, 1954)
  • Jazz & Romantic Places (Atlantic, 1955)
  • Jazz Goes Dancing (RCA, 1956)
  • I Had the Craziest Dream (Capitol Records, 1957)

With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Mel Torme

With the Benny Goodman Orchestra & Brussels World's Fair Orchestra

  • Salute to Benny Goodman (Crown, 1958)

With Skip Martin's Scheherajazz

  • A Symphony in Jazz by the Video All-Stars (Stereo-Fidelity, 1959)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert, Jacques; Gilbert, Claude. "Jazz Trumpet Transcriptions". EJMA Woodwinds. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Don Fagerquist Biography". Jazz History Database. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2001). Trumpet Kings: The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet. Backbeat Books. p. 154. ISBN 978-0879306403. 

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