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Bud Shank

Clifford Everett "Bud" Shank, Jr. (May 27, 1926 – April 2, 2009) was an American alto saxophonist and flautist. He rose to prominence in the early 1950s playing lead alto and flute in Stan Kenton's Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra and throughout the decade worked in various small jazz combos. He spent the 1960s as a first-call studio musician in Hollywood. In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed regularly with the L. A. Four. Shank ultimately abandoned the flute to focus exclusively on playing jazz on the alto saxophone. He also recorded on tenor and baritone sax. His most famous recording is probably the version of Harlem Nocturne used as the theme song in Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. He is also well known for the alto flute solo on the song "California Dreamin'" recorded by The Mamas & the Papas in 1965.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 27, 1926 (Dayton), Died April 2, 2009 (Tucson)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, flute, bass saxophone, reeds, baritone saxophone, clarinet, tenor saxophone

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 86791 9/3/1954 Private hell 36 Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86792 9/3/1954 Havana interlude Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86793 9/3/1954 Easy mood Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86794 9/3/1954 Daddy long legs Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86795 9/3/1954 Joshua Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86796 9/3/1954 Lilli Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86797 9/3/1954 Dance of the Lilliputian Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 86798 9/3/1954 Private blues Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89308 2/21/1956 Man with the golden arm-Main theme Elmer Bernstein Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 89309 2/21/1956 Clark Street Elmer Bernstein Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 7392 10/2/1953 Hot shoe Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7393 10/2/1953 Lonely way Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7394 10/2/1953 Blues for Brando Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7395 10/2/1953 Windswept Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7396 10/2/1953 Beerle Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7397 10/2/1953 Chino Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7398 10/2/1953 Scramble Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 7399 10/2/1953 The wild one Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 8188 2/21/1955 Get out of the car Georgie Auld Orchestra ; The Lancers instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8189 2/21/1955 Afraid Georgie Auld Orchestra ; The Lancers instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8190 2/21/1955 Close your eyes Georgie Auld Orchestra ; The Lancers instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8191 2/21/1955 Two hearts, two kisses Georgie Auld Orchestra ; The Lancers instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8192 2/21/1955 Jam up Georgie Auld Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8193 2/21/1955 Rib tips Georgie Auld Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8194 2/21/1955 Cherry pink and apple blossom white Georgie Auld Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8195 2/21/1955 Plantation boogie Georgie Auld Orchestra instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 8857 12/15/1955 Clark Street: The top ; Homecoming-1 ; Antek's Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8858 12/15/1955 Zosh Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8860 12/15/1955 Frankie machine-2 Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8861 12/15/1955 The fix Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8862 12/15/1955 Molly Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8863 12/15/1955 Breakup: Flight/Louie's/Burlesque Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8864 12/15/1955 Sunday morning Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8865 12/15/1955 Desperation Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8866 12/15/1955 Audition Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8867 12/15/1955 The cure: Withdraw/Cold/Morning Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 8868 12/15/1955 Finale Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 9113 4/2/1956 Drag for beers Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 9114 4/2/1956 Prelude to a rumble Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 9115 4/2/1956 Bewildered Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 9116 4/2/1956 Black rebel's ride Leith Stevens' All-Stars instrumentalist, bass saxophone  
Decca L 9805 1/18/1957 Wild and crazy Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9806 1/18/1957 Central Park-4 A.M. Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9807 1/18/1957 Blues at five Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9808 1/18/1957 The poor people of Brazil Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9851 2/11/1957 Smooth Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9852 2/11/1957 Return of the man Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9853 2/11/1957 Exotica Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 9854 2/11/1957 Just a little jazz Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 10306 6/24/1957 Blue moon Howard Lucraft instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 10307 6/24/1957 Smog a la mode Howard Lucraft instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 10308 6/24/1957 I may be wrong Howard Lucraft instrumentalist, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 10343 7/5/1957 Hop, skip but jump Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 10344 7/5/1957 Lament in five Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 10345 7/5/1957 Jubilation Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 10346 7/5/1957 Nightcap Elmer Bernstein instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca L 10805 10/30/1958 Jane's jump Jack Kane Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 10806 10/30/1958 It's a lonesome old town Jack Kane Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 10807 10/30/1958 Sound of the blues Jack Kane Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 10808 10/30/1958 Wouldn't it be loverly Jack Kane Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca L 11358 2/11/1959 M-Squad theme Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone  
Decca L 11359 2/11/1959 Peter Gunn Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone  
Decca L 11360 2/11/1959 The thin man Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone  
Decca L 11361 2/11/1959 Perry Mason theme Leith Stevens Orchestra instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shank, Bud," accessed October 1, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209322.

Shank, Bud. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 1, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209322.

"Shank, Bud." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 1 October 2022.

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