b. c.1908, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Bridges played tenor saxophone in various territory bands in the Midwest in the late 20s and early 30s. Best-known of these bands was that led by Alphonso Trent, and he also often worked alongside Charlie Christian. In 1939 Bridges joined Harlan Leonard’s Rockets but his career was interrupted by military service, after which he played often in and around Los Angeles and also visited Europe, but made very little impact in either location. On the evidence of his recordings with Leonard, and especially ‘A La Bridges’, Bridges was a gifted and technically assured player with considerable imagination. It might well be that the Leonard recordings were exceptions rather than the rule, or it could simply be a matter of personal whim that kept him from greater things; if the latter, then the jazz world seems to have lost a player of merit.
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