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Art Landry

Equally adept with alto saxophone, clarinet, and violin, Art Landry led a jazzy little dance band during the 1920s that made records which are comparable with the best offerings from bandleaders Sam Lanin, Isham Jones, Jean Goldkette, and Paul Specht. Landry was born in Montreal in 1896. Classically trained as a violinist, he served in the U.S. Marines with saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. In 1918, they took themselves to San Francisco where they performed with bands led by Art Hickman and Paul Whiteman. Landry also made a point of sitting in with African-American groups in the district known as the Barbary Coast. By 1922 he was leading his own orchestra, which for awhile spent much of its time on the road. Legend has it that while touring with the band, Landry made a point of circulating among the crowd during the first part of each engagement, observing dancers and absorbing the mood of the local population.

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