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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

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Recordings (Results 51-64 of 64 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-64 of 64 records)

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209322

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