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 name John Altwerger
Born (1919-05-19)May 19, 1919
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died January 8, 1990(1990-01-08) (aged 70)
Palm Springs, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, clarinet
Years active 1940s–1970s
Labels Roost, 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]


Auld was born John Altwerger in Toronto. He lived in the United States from the late 1920s onward, and 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.

He can be heard playing sax on the 1968 Ella Fitzgerald album 30 by Ella.

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.[3] He died in Palm Springs, California, aged 70.


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. ^ "Georgie He also prerecorded the sax solos mimed by De Niro onscreen. Auld". IMDb. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Georgie Auld | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 

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