Nunzio (Toots) Mondello (August 14, 1911 in Boston, Massachusetts – November 15, 1992 in New York City, New York) was an American swing jazz alto saxophonist.
Mondello played with Mal Hallett from 1927 to 1933, where he also simultaneously performed saxophone and trombone, and with Irving Aaronson's Commanders, Joe Haymes, and Buddy Rogers. In 1934–35 he was a member of the Benny Goodman Orchestra; he returned to play with Goodman in 1939–40. In the interim he worked with Haymes, Ray Noble, and Phil Harris.
He did extensive work as a studio sideman, with Chick Bullock, Bunny Berigan, Miff Mole, Claude Thornhill, Larry Clinton, Teddy Wilson, Louis Armstrong (1938–39), Lionel Hampton, and the Metronome All–Stars. He recorded as a leader between 1937 and 1939, doing two sessions with a big band, one with a nonet, and one with a trio.
Mondello served in the military during World War II. He continued doing session work and remained active into the 1970s. He and Goodman reunited to record in 1967.
He was also a flutist. For many years he studied with Harold Bennett and compiled a book of Bennett's finger exercises. He studied composition with Paul Creston for thirteen years, and the two remained lifelong friends.
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Recordings (Results 101-110 of 110 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Signature||SRC 291||10-in.||1946||Turn the knob on the left to the right||Will Bradley Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 417||10-in.||1947||If there is someone lovelier||Will Bradley Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 418||10-in.||1947||Celery stalks at midnight||Will Bradley Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 419||10-in.||1947||Easy ride||Will Bradley Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 514||10-in.||approximately 1947||Lonely moments||Will Bradley Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 515||10-in.||approximately 1947||Bop 'n' boogie||Will Bradley Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 564||10-in.||approximately 1947||What is this thing called love?||Anita O'Day||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 565||10-in.||approximately 1947||Hi ho trailus boot whip||Anita O'Day||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 566||10-in.||approximately 1947||I told ya I love ya||Anita O'Day||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Signature||SRC 567||10-in.||approximately 1947||It's different when it happens to you||Anita O'Day||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mondello, Toots," accessed December 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106360.
Mondello, Toots. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106360.
"Mondello, Toots." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 December 2023.
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