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Barney Bigard

cl, 1906-1980 US, New Orleans
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Albany Leon Bigard. Albany Bigard

American jazz clarinetist, tenor & alto saxophonist, & composer. Bigard studied clarinet as a youth in New Orleans with Papa Tio & Lorenzo Tio, He first became known as a tenor saxophonist. After playing in several groups in his hometown, he moved to Chicago where he played with King Oliver from 1925 until 1927. Chicago also found him working with such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Dodds & Louis Armstrong. By the end of 1927 he found his place with Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, playing almost exclusively as a clarinetist. Between 1927 & 1942 as a member of The Ellington Orchestra, he was featured on many of Ellington's classic recordings. "Mood Indigo" which Bigard co-composed, was perhaps the most successful of his compostions. His later work was varied and included membership between 1947 & 1955 with Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars. - born March 03, 1906 in New Orleans, Louisiana - died June 27, 1980 in Culver City, California

  • Clarinet
  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Creole Love Call (Live) on From Rag to Swing... [Evasion 1975] by The New Ragtime Band & Barney Bigard
Frolic Sam on Swinging Groups of the 30's, Vol. 1 by Various Artists
That Old Feeling on The Ultimate Jazz Archive 8 - 1944 by Barney Bigard
Barney's Bounce on The Ultimate Jazz Archive 8 - 1944 by Barney Bigard
Evil Gal Blues on The Ultimate Jazz Archive 8 - 1944 by Barney Bigard
A Lull At Dawn on A Lull At Dawn by Barney Bigard
Hesitating Blues on Bucket's Got a Hole in It by Barney Bigard & Art Hodes
Lover Come Back To Me on Bucket's Got a Hole in It by Barney Bigard & Art Hodes
Strutting with Some Barbecue (Live) on From Rag to Swing... [Evasion 1975] by The New Ragtime Band & Barney Bigard
Moonglow on The Ultimate Jazz Archive 8 - 1944 by Barney Bigard

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Title Artist Year Type
All That Jazz, Vol. 74: Live In Boston - 30th November 1947Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars Featuing Jack Teagarden ・ Barney Bigard ・ Dick Cary ・ Arvell Shaw ・ Velma Middleton2016Album
In Chronology - 1944Barney Bigard2008Album
Barney's BounceBarney Bigard2004Compil.
The Complete Lamplighter Recordings 1945 - 1946Kay Starr with Barney Bigard1998Compil.
The Duke's MenJohnny Hodges, Rex Stewart, Cootie Williams, Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington1997Compil.
1944-1945Barney Bigard1997Compil.
Story 1929/1945Barney Bigard1996Compil.
1944Barney Bigard1996Compil.
The EllingtoniansRex Stewart / Billy Taylor Sr. / Barney Bigard / Juan Tizol1990Compil.
New Orleans (Creole Jazz)Barney Bigard, Bud Scott, Jimmie Noone, Kid Ory, Zutty Singleton1988Compil.
Barney's BounceBarney Bigard1978Album
Giants In NiceEarl Hines / Barney Bigard1975Album
From Rag To Swing ...: Recorded Live In SwitzerlandBarney Bigard With The New Ragtime Band1975Album
Swinging ClarinetsBarney Bigard - Claude Luter1971Album
Barney Bigard-Albert NicholasBarney Bigard - Albert Nicholas1969Album
The Duke's MenDuke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Rex Stewart, Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams1968Compil.
Barney Bigard With Small Ellington Group (Treasury Of Jazz 24)Barney Bigard1962Single
BBB & Co.Benny Carter With Ben Webster & Barney Bigard1962Album
Jack Teagarden E Barney BigardJack Teagarden E Barney Bigard1959Single
Barney BigardBarney Bigard1955Album
The Immortal Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Joe Venuti, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Red Nichols, Eddie Condon1951Compil.
The Sheik Of Araby / Conversing In BlueBenny Morton's All Stars Featuring Ben Webster & Barney Bigard1945Album
Limehouse Blues / My Old FlameBenny Morton's All Stars Featuring Ben Webster & Barney Bigard1945Album
CaravanBarney Bigard, Johnny Hodges1937Album
Les Classiques Du Jazz Par Les Géants Du JazzLionel Hampton, Django Reinhardt, Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins, Barney Bigard, Buck Clayton, Sir Charles Thompson, Don Byas, Johnny Hodges, Dizzy Gillespie, Claude Luter, Zoot Sims, Sidney Bechet, Bob Brookmeyer, Gerry MulliganCompil.
Treasury Of Jazz N°27 - Barney Bigard With Small Ellington GroupBarney Bigard, Duke EllingtonSingle
The Legends Of JazzThe Legends Of Jazz Starring Barney BigardAlbum
That Old FeelingBarney Bigard / Bobby HackettCompil.
Giants Of Small Band Swing - Vol.3Barney BigardAlbum
Barney Bigard-Albert NicholasBarney Bigard - Albert NicholasAlbum
Jazz Hall Of FameBarney BigardAlbum
Ellington SidemenJohnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Barney BigardCompil.
Saxophone GiantsColeman Hawkins - Don Byas - Johnny Hodges - Barney Bigard - Lester Young - Flip Phillips - Ben Webster - Dickie Wells - Eddie HeywoodCompil.
The Metropolitan Opera House Jam Session Vol. 3 Jan. 26th 1944Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Red Norvo, Art Tatum, Jess Stacy, Teddy Wilson, Al Casey, Oscar Pettiford, Sid Weiss, Sidney Catlett, Morey Feld, Billie Holiday, Mildred BaileyCompil.
Barney Bigard With Strings - Fantasy For Clarinet With StringsBarney BigardSingle
A Study In EllingtoniaBarney BigardCompil.
Louis Armstrong All StarsLouis Armstrong And His All-Stars, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, Arvell Shaw, Sidney Catlett, Velma MiddletonAlbum
Jazz Classics N°27Rex Stewart, Barney BigardAlbum
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