Friday, March 26, 2010

Canadian Jazz Legend Eugene Amaro Passes

RIP: Eugene Amaro (tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist, flutist) passed away on Tuesday, march 23 in his 74th year.

The popular jazz musician was leader of his own Eugene Amaro Quartet, and long-time member of Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass.

He also co-led the Sam Noto/Eugene Amaro Quintet, and performed with the Ron Rully Sextet and Ian McDougall’s Dectet in “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concerts.

His name is synonymous with the golden age of big band jazz in Canada.

For funeral details, call (416) 488-1101.

Various videos can be found on YouTube that include Amaro, including this one with Benny Goodman backed by a blazingly hot Boss Brass.

Called King Porter Stomp, the song features Eugene Amaro, Moe Koflman, Roy Smith, Lew Lewis, Jack Taylor On Saxophones, Benny Goodman On Clarinet, Guido Basso, Erich Traugott, Amis Chycoski, Don Johnson, Bobby Van Vera On Trumpets, Hob McConnell, Butch Watanaby, Ron Hughes, Teddy Roderman On Trombones, Derek Smith On Piano, Ed Bickert On Guitar, Don Thompson On Bass, Howie Ready On Drums.
Recorded 1971

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