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JOHNNY MINCE - SAXOPHONIST & CLARINETIST

Original autographed 8” x 10” matte, double-weight Al White photograph of the great saxophonist and clarinetist.  The photograph is dedicated to the photographer.

Rare autographed photograph of the double threat clarinetist and saxophonist. (1912-1997)  Mince does not get all the credit he deserves because he did not lead a big band of his own.  That said he was one of the most important side men of the Swing Era.  Mince born in Chicago received his first major job from the young Joe Haymes playing in his orchestra from 1930-1934.  At the time, they were a really hot dance band.  His virtuosity in the orchestra caught the attention of Ray Noble and he hired him for his first American band in 1935.  Glenn Miller, Pee Wee Erwin, Charlie Spivak and Bud Freeman were also in the band.  When Erwin was out one night, Miller who did the arrangements re-wrote Erwin’s part for Mince and the Glenn Miller lush reed sound was born.  Mince played for Noble in 1935 and 1937 and for Bob Crosby in 1936.  He moved on to Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1937 where he played until 1941 and also in Dorsey’s Clambake Seven.  He was drafted in the army from 1941-1945 where he played in the army band.  After the War he became a New York sideman playing in numerous recordings because of his skills in a variety of reed instruments.  His adventures as a studio sideman including recordings before and after the War with; Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Bix Beiderbeke, Bunny Berigan, George Brunies, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Bobby Hackett, Dick Hyman, Dean Martin,Ray McKinley, Glenn Miller, Red Norvo, Sy Oliver, Frank Sinatra, Jack Teagarden, Frankie Trumbauer and Lee Wiley to name some.  He taught for a decade and played in local New York City Clubs in smaller combos until 1974 when he re-joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. (Dorsey had since died)  He also the same year toured Great Britain with The New King’s of Jazz.  In 1976 he joijed the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra and toured with The World’s Greatest Jazz Band from 1981-1982.  In 1980 he was a feature performer at the Festival of Traditional Jazz in Chicago and the same at the 1984 Grand Parade du Jazz Festival in Nice.  Mince also was a featured performer at the annual Dick Gibson Colorado Jazz Parties.  Mince led his own combo with the Johnny Mince Quartet in several records in the 1970’s and 1980’s for Monmouth Evergreen, Jazzology and Fat Cat Jazz Records.