[Dixielandjazz] Jerry Fuller

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Tue Nov 20 14:43:37 PST 2007

Charles Kercher asked:
> .............. I would like to know what anyone can tell me about 
> Jerry Fuller. I always admired his playing but was blown away by a 
> record that I have with Jerry playing with Jack Teagarden. Dear Chuck,

Dear Chuck,
Herewith a compilation of what I have:

Gerald "Jerry" FULLER: (b. Santa Maria, CA. USA. 15 Sept 1929) 
clarinet/alto saxophone. Began playing clarinet at school. After 
graduation worked with the Jimmy Zito band (1949), was with Will 
Osborne in 1950 then joined the 2nd Division Army band (1951-53) which 
included service in Korea. After discharge, worked and recorded with 
Pete Daily's Chicagoans (1953-54). He fronted own trio in Hollywood for 
3 months, then went into Jack Teagarden's band, touring and recording, 
for four years (April 1955 - mid 1959) including a U.S. State 
Department sponsored tour of Asia and the Far East (Oct 1958 - Jan 
1959). Fuller then joined the 'Dukes of Dixieland' (1959-66) and 
recorded with them, including the albums with Louis Armstrong.  He has 
also worked and recorded with Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, 
Ben Pollack, Wild Bill Davison and Bobby Hackett and during the 1960s 
worked in TV orchs for shows including those of Dean Martin, Mike 
Douglas, Gary Moore, Ed Sullivan and Jimmy Dean plus the Bell Telephone 
Hour. Became regular performer on US and international jazz festival 
circuits as a sideman and featured soloist into the 90s [and perhaps 
beyond - I have no current information].

Kind regards,

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