Roger Segure

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b. 22 May 1905, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 28 January 1999, California, USA. Segure studied at university in Nevada and California. He worked as a pianist on boats to the East and played in both China…
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b. 22 May 1905, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 28 January 1999, California, USA. Segure studied at university in Nevada and California. He worked as a pianist on boats to the East and played in both China and Japan in the 30s. He settled in New York in the late 30s doing arrangements for the bands of Louis Armstrong, Andy Kirk, John Kirby and Jimmy Lunceford, whose full-time arranger he became between 1940 and 1942. He contributed to the score for the film Blues In The Night in which the Lunceford band appeared. Segure was an influential arranger who wrote several very forward-looking pieces. In the late 40s he moved to Los Angeles and in time became the musical director for various television shows and an arranger for a Hollywood movie studio. He is also credited with being a leader in the racial integration of the Los Angeles musicians’ union. Segure spent some time teaching before retiring.