Georgie Auld

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Georgie Auld
Georgie Auld, New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1947 (William P. Gottlieb 00361).jpg
Georgie Auld, c. August 1947
Background information
Birth nameJohn Altwerger
Born(1919-05-19)May 19, 1919
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedJanuary 8, 1990(1990-01-08) (aged 70)
Palm Springs, California, United States
InstrumentsSaxophone, clarinet
Years active1940s–1970s
LabelsRoost, Apollo, Coral, EmArcy, Xanadu, Paramount, Discovery, Jasmine

Georgie Auld (May 19, 1919 – January 8, 1990) was a jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Auld was born John Altwerger in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1929.[3] Before the family left Canada, Auld's parents gave him a saxophone, which he taught himself to play.[4]


Auld was most noteworthy for his work with Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Porcino, Billy Eckstine, Tiny Kahn, Frank Rosolino, and many others. Primarily a swing saxophonist, he did many big band stints in his career, and led several big bands, including Georgie Auld and His Orchestra and Georgie Auld and His Hollywood All Stars. Auld also played some rock´n roll working for Alan Freed in 1959.


In 1949, Auld played Carl in The Rat Race in the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway.[5] In 1952, he had a small part in the film The Marrying Kind.[6] In 1977 he played a bandleader in the motion picture New York, New York, starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro and also acted as a technical consultant for the film.


Auld died on January 8, 1990, in Palm Springs, California, aged 70.[3]


With Buddy Bregman

With Maynard Ferguson

With Barney Kessel


  1. ^ "Georgie Auld: Underrated Tenor Sax Man With A Warm Robust Tone". Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. pp. 23–24. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.
  3. ^ a b Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199886401.
  4. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (January 11, 1990). "Georgie Auld, 70; Self-Taught Saxophonist". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  5. ^ "The Rat Race". Playbill Vault. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ Yanow, Scott. Swing. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 175–176. ISBN 9781617744761.
  7. ^ "Georgie Auld | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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