b. 20 March 1922, New London, Connecticut, USA. An alto saxophonist, in the mid-40s he played in Bobby Byrne’s commercially unsuccessful band. It was while on the Byrne band that he met arranger Charlie Albertine, whose writing style he liked and whom he bore in mind when he formed his own band. Also in the mid-40s Elgart was one of the principal soloists in the band led by his brother, Les Elgart. Elgart’s exuberant playing was an important feature of the orchestra and led to the brothers deciding to part company and each lead a band of his own. For a while Larry Elgart And His Manhattan Swing Band enjoyed a measure of popularity in and around New York, usually playing top hotels and ballrooms. Business fell off in the 50s, however, and the brothers reunited in an attempt to meet current commercial demands. However, the passage of time and changes in public taste militated against their chances of survival. Larry Elgart And His Manhattan Swing Orchestra charted in the US in 1982 with ‘Hooked On Swing’.
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