Suggesting a somewhat insulting description of a puny man of the cloth, Stubby Pastor was truly a fully concocted name. Pastor was the anglicized version of the surname Pestritto, a change also adopted by this artist's better known brother, the bandleader and saxophonist Tony Pastor. Height was not something the brothers had in common, with "stubby"--unlike "tiny", often attributed to giants--a nickname reserved only only for the sleight of height. The brothers shared a talent for singing, however, to the point where as vocalists they were often considered identical twins.
Stubby Pastor also played a horn but did not follow his brother into the reed section. Instead he played trumpet, remaining quite busy during the '40s and '50s. He shows up on at least 70 different recording sessions from that period, regularly in the kind of fine company his brother's outfit was noted for. The trumpeter's collaborators on recently discovered performances from the mid '40s include the young Joe Pass. The Pastor band also featured trombonist Buddy Morrow and trumpeter Max Kaminksy.