Image Source: Wikipedia

Charlie Ventura

Charlie Ventura (born Charles Venturo; December 2, 1916 – January 17, 1992) was a tenor saxophonist and bandleader from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ventura had his first taste of success working with Gene Krupa. In 1945 he won the Down Beat readers' poll in the tenor saxophone category. In the late 1940s he led several popular groups and went on to become known for his "bop for the people," with vocalists Jackie Cain and Roy Kral.

After the early 1950s he made only a few recordings. His first was the debut album for Gene Norman's GNP Crescendo label (GNPD No. 1) recorded live in Los Angeles. In Las Vegas, he worked with Jackie Gleason and was the featured soloist on four albums Gleason produced : Riff Jazz (1958), on which he played alto, tenor, and bass saxophones; Silk and Brass (1965); A Taste of Brass for Lovers Only (1967); and Doublin' in Brass (1968)

Ventura died of lung cancer in Pleasantville, New Jersey at the age of 75.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 2nd, 1916 (Philadelphia), Died January 17th, 1992 (Pleasantville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83562 April 1949 Introduction and theme music-2: Yesterdays ; The peanut vendor Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83563 April 1949 Euphoria, part 1 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83564 April 1949 Euphoria, part 2 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83565 April 1949 Euphoria, part 3 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83566 April 1949 Fine and dandy Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83567 April 1949 East of Suez Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83568 April 1949 If I had you-1 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 83569 April 1949 I'm forever blowing bubbles Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83570 April 1949 Pennies from heaven Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83571 April 1949 How high the moon, part 1 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83572 April 1949 How high the moon, part 2 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 83573 April 1949 How high the moon, part 3 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 84421 5/5/1953 The great lie Jackie Cain ; Roy Kral ; Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84422 5/5/1953 Turnpike Jackie Cain ; Roy Kral ; Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84423 5/5/1953 They can't take that away from me Jackie Cain ; Roy Kral ; Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84424 5/5/1953 The honey jump, part 1 Jackie Cain ; Roy Kral ; Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 84425 5/5/1953 The honey jump, part 2 Jackie Cain ; Roy Kral ; Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85367 10/12/1953 My one and only love Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85368 10/12/1953 Julie Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85369 10/12/1953 I love you Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85370 10/12/1953 Intermezzo Charlie Ventura instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 85911 1/30/1954 How deep is the ocean Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85912 1/30/1954 Pagan love song Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85913 1/30/1954 Between the devil and the deep blue sea Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85914 1/30/1954 Over the rainbow Charlie Ventura Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ventura, Charlie," accessed March 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210561.

Ventura, Charlie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210561.

"Ventura, Charlie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 6 March 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210561

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.