A trumpet player for bands led by Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, Maestro Camarata (born Salvador Tutti Camarata) made his greatest mark as an arranger. In addition to orchestrating numerous big band hits for Jimmy Dorsey, including "Green Eyes" and "Tangerine," Camarata orchestrated and/or produpced historic recordings by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington. Balancing his early career with studies at the Juilliard School of Music, Camarata learned the art of orchestral conducting under Cesare Sodero of the Metropolitan Opera. In 1943, he conducted and orchestrated a recording by Jascha Heifetz. Temporarily moving to England in 1944 to work on the soundtrack of the film London Town, he signed a recording contract with the British affiliate of Decca. His first projects for the label included orchestrating and ...
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