b. 20 March 1914, New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA. In his late teens, Caiazza worked with territory bands in the Midwest before joining Joe Haymes’ popular dance band in 1936. He played with a number of swing era big bands including Woody Herman’s, but produced his best work of the era on his recordings with Muggsy Spanier’s Ragtimers. A gifted musician, playing clarinet and tenor saxophone, Caiazza worked for many years in New York radio and television studios and also played with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. His interest in classical music led to extensive studies and a number of compositions. He also taught at Boston’s Berklee College Of Music. A fluent, driving player, Caiazza was comfortable in the most exalted company, as he displayed on the 1944 Midnight At V-Disc recordings with Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page.
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