Frank Goudie

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b. 13 September 1899, Youngsville, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 January 1964, San Francisco, California, USA. Frank ‘Big Boy’ Goudie grew up in New Orleans, where he first played cornet and piano before switching…
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b. 13 September 1899, Youngsville, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 January 1964, San Francisco, California, USA. Frank ‘Big Boy’ Goudie grew up in New Orleans, where he first played cornet and piano before switching to reed instruments, principally the tenor saxophone. He worked with numerous bands in the city, including Papa Celestin’s, before touring extensively in the south-western states. In 1925 he left for Europe, where he remained for several years, playing in bands led by touring Americans who included showman-drummer Louis Mitchell, Sam Wooding, Noble Sissle, Bill Coleman and Willie Lewis. Upon the outbreak of World War II, Goudie left Europe for South America but was back in 1946. During the next few years he lived and worked in France, Germany and Switzerland, and renewed his association with Coleman. In 1957 he finally returned to America, settling in San Francisco where he worked outside music but continued to play in local clubs, especially when jazz stars visited the city. A solid, workmanlike performer, Goudie’s 30 years in voluntary exile from the USA made him a marginal figure in jazz. Nevertheless, his long domicile in Europe meant that he was influential in widening the appeal of jazz in many countries.