[Dixielandjazz] Gerry Fuller

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 20 13:40:06 PST 2007

Here is some information about Gerald "Jerry" Fuller. If you look further on
google, ignore the entries about Jerry Fuller, a drummer, or Jerry Fuller, a

Steve Barbone

1929    Gerald "Jerry" Fuller, clarinet. b. Santa Maria, CA. USA. Fuller
hailed from California and began playing clarinet as a youngster. In 1949,
he joined the Jimmy Zito band, and played with Will Osborne the following
year, before becoming a reed man in a U. S. Army band (through 1953). After
his Service discharge, he spent several years with Pete Daily's Chicagoans,
before starting his own trio (in Hollywood). He soon joined Jack Teagarden's
band, and spent four years with Jack including a lengthy tour of Asia
sponsored by the U.S. State Department. In 1959, Fuller began working with
the 'Dukes of Dixieland', appearing on the group's sides on the Audio
Fidelity label. He is the last surviving member of the original Dukes of
Dixieland Jazz band. Over his career, he has also played with Teddy Wilson,
Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, and Bobby Hackett, among others. He has appeared
on such TV shows as: The Dean Martin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Gary
Moore Show, The Jimmy Dean Show, The Bell Telephone Hour, and The Ed
Sullivan Show. In addition to his performances at National and International
Jazz Festivals as a band member, and as a featured clarinet soloist, he has
also recorded for such labels, as RCA Victor, Capitol Records, Decca
Records, Columbia Records, and Audio Fidelity. He has recorded movie sound
tracks and often worked in the Hollywood studios. A consumate musical
artist, his playing is always a delight

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