Phil Urso (2 October 1925, Jersey City, New Jersey — 7 April 2008, Denver, Colorado) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and composer, perhaps best known for a long association with Chet Baker.
Urso learned clarinet as a child and switched to tenor sax while in high school. He served in the Navy during World War II and then moved to New York City in 1947. There he played with Elliot Lawrence (1948–50), Woody Herman (1950-51), Terry Gibbs, Miles Davis (1952), Oscar Pettiford (1953), Jimmy Dorsey, and Bob Brookmeyer (1954). In 1955, he first began working with Chet Baker, and was a prominent contributor to Baker's Pacific Jazz releases in 1956. Urso and Baker would collaborate sporadically for some 30 years.
Urso worked with Claude Thornhill late in the 1950s, but receded from national attention in later decades. He moved to Denver and continued performing locally into the 1990s.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 2nd, 1925 (Jersey City), Died April 7th, 2008 (Denver)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950 - 1957
Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, flute
Recordings (Results 26-29 of 29 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||101507||1/30/1957||The prisoner's song||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone|
|Decca||101508||1/30/1957||Goodnight angel||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone|
|Decca||101509||1/30/1957||I'll string along with you||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone|
|Decca||101510||1/30/1957||And the angels sing||Louis Armstrong||instrumentalist, flute, alto saxophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Urso, Phil," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210394.
Urso, Phil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210394.
"Urso, Phil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.
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