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|
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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