Tony Parenti


Tony Parenti

From Wikipedia
Tony Parenti
Tony Parenti, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1946 (William P. Gottlieb 06801).jpg
Photo by William P. Gottlieb
Background information
Birth name Tony Parenti
Born 6 August 1900
Origin LouisianaNew Orleans, Louisiana
Died 17 April 1972
Genres Jazz
Instruments clarinet
Associated acts Eddie CondonTed Lewis

Tony Parenti (6 August 1900 – 17 April 1972) was an American jazz clarinettist and saxophonist born in New Orleans, perhaps best known for his decades of work in New York City.

 

Biography

Parenti was a childhood musical prodigy, first on violin, then on clarinet. As a child he substituted for Alcide Nunez in Papa Jack Laine‘s band. In New Orleans he also worked with Johnny Dedroit. During his early teens Parenti worked with the Nick LaRocca band. among other local acts. Parenti led his own band in New Orleans in the mid-1920s, making his first recordings there, before moving toNew York City at the end of the decade.

In the late 1920s, Parenti worked with Benny Goodman and Fred Rich, and later in the decade moved to New York City full-time where he worked through the 1930s as a CBS staffman and as a member of the Radio City Symphony Orchestra.

From 1939-1945 Parenti, with Ted Lewis‘s band, played alongside Muggsy Spanier. In 1944, he recorded and appeared in concert withSidney Bechet and Max Miller in Chicago.

In the 1940s and still in New York City, Parenti formed a Dixieland jazz band called Tony Parenti and His New Orleanians, and which featured Wild Bill DavisonArt Hodes and Jimmy Archey, among others. He often appeared at such New York jazz spots as Nick’s and Jimmy Ryan’s, and also worked with Eddie Condon. Parenti remained active until the 1960s in clubs, and died in New York City on April 17, 1972.

Over his career, Parenti recorded on the labels of JazzologySouthland and Fat Cat, among several others.

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