The father of jazz guitarist and Cexton Records founder John Anello, Jr. and the son of jazz drummer Benny Anello, Doc Anello is a veteran singer, arranger and saxman who has been leading big bands and small groups since the 1940s. Doc Anello (who was nicknamed "Doc" because he has a doctorate in jazz education) grew up in Northern New Jersey, where he fell in love with jazz as a pre-teen and formed his first band, The Paradise Serenaders, when he was only 16. That band took its name from a band that his father, a Sicilian immigrant, had led in Newark in the 1920s. Anello formed a big band at 19 and went on to play numerous East Coast gigs in clubs and hotels in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Over the years, he backed his share of big names in jazz and pop, including Eartha Kitt, Slim Gaillard and Johnny Mathis. Anello moved to California in 1968, and in 1975, he became manager of booking for Disneyland. Though Anello (who turned 70 in 1997) had recorded some singles in the 1950s, he didn't actually record any albums until the 1990s-when he recorded 1997's It Just Plain Swings!! (a big band date) and 1998's Jumpin' Jive for his son's Cexton label.
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