Ernie Caceres

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Ernesto Caceres
Ernie Caceres, Bobby Hackett, Freddie Ohms, and George Wettling, Nick's, New York City, 1940s Photography by William P. Gottlieb
Ernie Caceres, Bobby Hackett, Freddie Ohms, and George Wettling, Nick's, New York City, 1940s
Photography by William P. Gottlieb
Background information
Birth nameErnesto Caceres
Born(1911-11-22)November 22, 1911
Rockport, Texas, U.S.
Died(1971-01-10)January 10, 1971

Ernesto Caceres (November 22, 1911 – January 10, 1971)[1] was an American jazz saxophonist born in Rockport, Texas. He was a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1940–1942.


Caceres's brothers were both musicians. Emilio Caceres [de] was a norteño violinist and Pinero was a trumpeter and pianist. Caceres himself played clarinet, guitar, alto and baritone saxophone, and first played professionally in 1928 in local Texas ensembles. He and Emilio moved to Detroit, then New York City, taking work as session musicians. In 1937, they made live nationwide appearances on Benny Goodman's radio series Camel Caravan which "created a sensation and made them jazz stars".[2]

In 1938, Caceres became a member of Bobby Hackett's band, then worked as a sideman with Jack Teagarden in 1939 and Glenn Miller's orchestra from February 1940 to September 1942.[1] While with Miller, he made an appearance in the films Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). Periods with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and Tommy Dorsey followed later in the 1940s.[1]

In 1949, he put together his own quartet ; playing at the Hickory Log in New York. He was a frequent performer with the Garry Moore Orchestra on television. At the beginning of the 1960s he played with the Billy Butterfield Band.[1] In 1964, he moved back to Texas and played in a band with brother Emilio from 1968 until his death from cancer in 1971. He spent some time in 1965–66 at Mint Hotel, Las Vegas, and the Holiday Hotel, Reno, with the Johnny Long Band.

Emilio's grandsons are alto saxophonist David Caceres, and jazz vocalist and bassist, Anthony Caceres.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Ernie & Emilio Caceres (Audiophile, 1970)

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 388. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b "Riverwalk Jazz - Stanford University Libraries". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
General references
  • Flower, John (1972). Moonlight Serenade: a bio-discography of the Glenn Miller Civilian Band. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House. ISBN 0-87000-161-2.
  • Simon, George Thomas (1980). Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. New York: Da Capo paperback. ISBN 0-306-80129-9.
  • Schuller, Gunther (1991). The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930–1945. Volume 2. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507140-9.
  • Ernie Caceres at AllMusic