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Bobby Hackett

Bobby Hackett's mellow tone and melodic style offered a contrast to the brasher Dixieland-oriented trumpeters. Emphasizing his middle-register and lyricism, Hackett was a flexible soloist who actually sounded little like his main inspiration, Louis Armstrong.

When Hackett first came up he was briefly known as "the new Bix" because of the similarity in his approach to that of Bix Beiderbecke, but very soon he developed his own distinctive sound. Originally a guitarist (which he doubled on until the mid-'40s), Hackett performed in local bands, and by 1936 was leading his own group. He moved to New York in 1937, played with Joe Marsala, appeared at Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert (recreating Beiderbecke's solo on "I'm Coming Virginia"), recorded with Eddie Condon, and by 1939 had a short-lived big band. Hackett played briefly with Horace Heidt, and during 1941-1942 was with Glenn Miller's Orchestra, taking a famous solo on "String of Pearls." Next up was a stint with the Casa Loma Orchestra, and then he became a studio musician while still appearing with jazz groups. Hackett was a major asset at Louis Armstrong's 1947 Town Hall Concert, in the 1950s he was a star on Jackie Gleason's commercial but jazz-flavored mood music albums, and he recorded several times with Eddie Condon and Jack Teagarden. During 1956-1957, Hackett led an unusual group that sought to modernize Dixieland (using Dick Cary's arrangements and an unusual instrumentation), but that band did not catch on. Hackett recorded some commercial dates during 1959-1960 (including one set of Hawaiian songs and another in which he was backed by pipe organ), he worked with Benny Goodman (1962-1963); backed Tony Bennett in the mid-'60s; co-led a well-recorded quintet with Vic Dickenson (1968-1970); and made sessions with Jim Cullum, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and even Dizzy Gillespie and Mary Lou Williams, remaining active up until his death. Among the many labels Bobby Hackett recorded for as a leader were Okeh (reissued by Epic), Commodore, Columbia, Epic, Capitol, Sesac, Verve, Project 3, Chiaroscuro, Flying Dutchman, and Honey Dew. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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I Cried for You both sweet and rough! Bunny Bergen eat your heart out!
Bobby Hackett one of the sweetest horns of the Jazz Big Band Era. Pure genius.
Suzannekaye3 Good news! There are young people playing sweet sounds in the model of Hackett et al. You just have to look for them. Check out high schools that feature advanced music. McArthur H.S. in San Antonio for example has an excellent program that turns out good young musicians.
What a sweet horn he does play. A soothing sound in the evening.
suzannekaye3
What a shame the kids today will never know such sweet sounds...he was truly gifted.
josephfoltz1 2 3 4 0
Bobby Hackett, Ray Anthony, it doesn't get any better for really good music.
fireflofrank
fireflofrank I REALLY APPRECIATE HACKETTS UNIQUE ROUND AND MELLO SOUND. I WAS EXPOSED TO HIS PLAY WHEN I JUST STARTED PLAYING HORN BY BRO. RICK FLORES A GREAT ENTERTAINER. ITS UNFORTUNATE I MISSED OUT SEEING HIM PLAY LIVE. BOBBY WILL ALWAYS BE TUNED IN.
Sounds awesome with his band but especally with Jackie Gleason's band. Great Music!
play Duke Heitger
Duke Heitger please play
Duke Heitiger
Wan't this Soupy Sales' theme music?
I love what Steeveegee says about Hackett - and he's right! That's where many of us came from on those nights. You can't beat Hackett's stuff with a Yankee bat.
danieladagio 3 9 2
There are so many great trumpet and cornet players out there but none can compare to the sound of Bobby Hackett. A great talent !
Before Rap, Soul, R & B, someone was 'chillin' to make all those babies...gue s s what, this is the kind of martini or shot of rye that got the night rolling. So get into that house jacket (satin robe) satin slippers and order out, cause Momma's gonna be busy.
peterdunne
where r the words ???????????? ? ? ?
He keeps it simple...
j_f_olsen
Bobby Hackett has been one of my favorite cornetists sunce I first heard him live at one of Eddie Condon's Town Hall comcerts (NYC 1946). I still think he was the best right up 'till he passed away at his club on Cape Cod.
Great sound, relaxing sound,easy to listen to.
I usually think of Dixieland as "down and dirty", but I like it the way Bobby does it too. His beatiful, smooth and mellow sound, and his effortless seeming technique transforms Dixie into a legit sounding music form. A true master of his instrument. I immensely enjoy listening to him. I've got this guy bookmarked!
banderson57
Terrific mellow sound! Great body of work
Versatility was Bobby's hallmark. Just look at the diverse musicians he played with! I still think of him as primarily a Dixieland player--smoo t h and yet upbeat.

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