Red Callender

A busy studio musician who appeared on a countless number of recordings during his productive (and generally lucrative) career, Red Callender (born in Haynesville, Virginia, on March 6, 1916) is the only player to turn down offers to join both Duke Ellington's Orchestra and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars. After briefly freelancing in New York, Callender settled in Los Angeles in 1936, debuting on record the next year with Louis Armstrong. In the early '40s, he was in the Lester and Lee Young band, and then formed his own trio. Callender, in the 1940s, recorded with Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Dexter Gordon, among many others, and can be seen and heard taking a bebop break on bass in the 1946 film New Orleans (which was supposed to depict the city's music scene of 1915).

After a period spent leading a trio in Hawaii, Callender returned to Los...

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Red Callender Albums

3 records

Albums featuring Red Callender

32 records