Don Pasquall

b. Jerome Don Pasquall, 20 September 1902, Fulton, Kentucky, USA, d. 18 October 1971. Pasquall was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he learned to play mellophone and worked in brass bands. During…
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b. Jerome Don Pasquall, 20 September 1902, Fulton, Kentucky, USA, d. 18 October 1971. Pasquall was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he learned to play mellophone and worked in brass bands. During military service in World War I, he switched to playing clarinet and after his return to St. Louis he played in several bands including those led by Charlie Creath and Fate Marable. In 1921 he moved to Chicago where he studied music and also played regularly with noted local band leaders including Doc Cook. With Cook’s band he played tenor saxophone; late in the decade he moved to New York where he played alto saxophone with Fletcher Henderson’s band for a short spell before returning to Chicago. In the early 30s he played in many bands, among them those led by Freddie Keppard and Jabbo Smith. He also visited Europe in 1934, then returned briefly to Henderson before settling in to the Noble Sissle orchestra for several years. From the mid-40s he freelanced in New York. Pasquall’s extensive studies in Chicago made him a reliable and sought-after musician. In addition to his playing of several reed instruments, he also arranged for many of the bands with which he played.