at the Aquarium New York City, c. December 1946
|Birth name||Samuel Koontz Donahue|
|Born||March 18, 1918|
|Died||March 22, 1974 (aged 56)|
Sam Donahue (18 March 1918 – 22 March 1974) was an American swing music jazz tenor saxophonist, trumpeter and musical arranger. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he is known for his work with Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Billy May, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, among many others.
Donahue was born Samuel Koontz Donahue in Detroit. He played in the bands of Gene Krupa, Harry James, and Benny Goodman. During World War II, Donahue took over the Navy band of Artie Shaw, and after the war he assembled and led a group that had several successful recordings for Capitol Records.
Donahue died from pancreatic cancer on March 22, 1974, 4 days after his birthday.
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With Stan Kenton
- The Romantic Approach (Capitol, 1961)
- Sophisticated Approach (Capitol, 1961)
- Adventures in Blues (Capitol, 1961 )
- Kenton's West Side Story (Capitol, 1961)
- Adventures In Jazz (Capitol, 1962)
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