Boots Mussulli

Henry "Boots" Mussulli (November 18, 1915 in Milford, Massachusetts – September 23, 1967 in Norfolk, Massachusetts) was an Italian-American jazz saxophonist, based chiefly out of Boston.

According to the Social Security files, he was born in 1915, not in 1917 as previously stated.

Mussulli's first instrument was clarinet, which he first played at age 12. He played with Mal Hallett in Massachusetts around 1940, and joined Teddy Powell's group in 1943-44. He played with Stan Kenton from 1944 to 1947 and returned to play with Kenton again on tour in 1952 and 1954. He also played with Vido Musso, Gene Krupa (1948), Charlie Ventura (1949), Serge Chaloff, Toshiko Akiyoshi (1955), and Herb Pomeroy.

In 1949, Mussulli opened a jazz club in his hometown, called "The Crystal Room". From the mid-1950s, he concentrated more on music education, leading a local youth orchestra, the Milford Youth Band, at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1967. He died of cancer shortly thereafter.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 18th, 1917 (Milford), Died September 23rd, 1967 (Massachusetts)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto 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, alto saxophone  
Decca 83563 April 1949 Euphoria, part 1 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83564 April 1949 Euphoria, part 2 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83565 April 1949 Euphoria, part 3 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83566 April 1949 Fine and dandy Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83567 April 1949 East of Suez Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83568 April 1949 If I had you-1 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83569 April 1949 I'm forever blowing bubbles Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83570 April 1949 Pennies from heaven Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83571 April 1949 How high the moon, part 1 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83572 April 1949 How high the moon, part 2 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 83573 April 1949 How high the moon, part 3 Charlie Ventura Septet instrumentalist, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mussulli, Boots," accessed March 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333145.

Mussulli, Boots. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333145.

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

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333145

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