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BOB HAGGART

Instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger
(1914-1998)

Bob Haggart played a number of instruments, among them trumpet, piano, and tuba, but he began his professional career on guitar which he studied with the great George Van Eps. Later he picked up the bass, taught himself, and was selected as Best Bassist of 1937 by Metronome magazine’s poll. He was one of the founding members of Bob Crosby’s Bobcats in 1935, and the arrangements he wrote are credited with giving the band its sound.

In 1938 the Bobcats introduced his instrumental called “I’m Free” which became the theme song of the Billy Butterfield Orchestra. The following year Johnny Burke added lyrics, and it became the poignant story of a chance meeting of former lovers, “What’s New”. It has been recorded by numerous vocalists and jazz instrumentalists and took on new life in 1983 when Linda Ronstadt introduced it to a new generation. Haggart also conceived two popular tunes with drummer Ray Bauduc, “South Rampart Street Parade” (1937) and “Big Noise from Winnetka” (1940). The latter was a show-stopping duet: Haggart whistled and plucked on the bass strings while Bauduc played on the strings near the bridge with his drum sticks to create a captivating melodic and rhythmic experience.

When Crosby broke up the band in 1942 Haggart turned to studio work, arranging sessions for Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, working with the string ensemble for a Charlie Parker recording, and writing for Sarah Vaughan’s back-up orchestra. He also subbed on bass for the Armstrong and Duke Ellington bands and painted in his spare time. He co-led the World’s Greatest Jazz Band with Yank Lawson from 1968-1978 and was active into his ‘90s.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Role: Non-Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CROSBY, Bob: Dixieland Shuffle (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120652
Jazz
IVES, Burl: Troubador (1941-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120728
Nostalgia

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN GATE: Good Ol' Days (The) Altissimo
75442270532
Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BAND OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Straighten Up and Fly Right Altissimo
75442270052
Contemporary Jazz
COLTRANE, John: Live in '60, '61 and '65 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119007
Jazz DVD
CROSBY, Bob and BOB CATS: Palesteena (1937-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120681
Jazz
CROSBY, Bob: Dixieland Shuffle (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120652
Jazz
GORDON, Dexter: Live in '63 and '64 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119002
Jazz DVD
KING, Teddi: Miss Teddi King, 'Round Midnight (1953, 1954) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81156JZ
Jazz
ORY, Kid: Ory's Creole Trombone (1945-1953) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120769
Jazz
PARADE MUSIC Altissimo
75442259922
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE DIXIE EXPRESS: Reserved for You Altissimo
75442270322
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD DIXIELAND BAND: South Altissimo
75442270872
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES COAST GUART BAND: Greatest Hits Altissimo
75442259882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WORLD FAMOUS MARCHES Naxos International
8.990010
Orchestral

Role: Conductor 
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