A fine journeyman pianist, Charlie Queener played in Dixieland, swing and mainstream settings with many major names throughout his career. Early on, Queener worked with Muggsy Spanier (1942), the Harry James Orchestra, Glen Gray, Joe Marsala and Benny Goodman (1945-46). Queener settled into Nick's in New York for four years (1946-50) and then spent much of his career freelancing with Dixieland all-stars. Among his associations were Bobby Hackett, Billy Butterfield, Jimmy McPartland, Ruby Braff, Max Kaminsky, Wingy Manone (1954-60), Wild Bill Davison and Clarence Hutchenrider (on and off from 1958-73), among many others. Queener, who worked into the 1990s, also composed orchestral works starting in the mid-1960s but never led a record session of his own.
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