|Born||February 10, 1909|
London, Ontario, Canada
|Died||August 3, 1987 (aged 78)|
Bert Niosi (February 10, 1909 – August 3, 1987) was a Canadian bandleader, known as "Canada's King of Swing".
Niosi was born on February 10, 1909 in London, Ontario. "As a teenager he briefly played clarinet with Guy Lombardo in Cleveland." Niosi had two brothers who also became musicians: Joe and Johnnie.
Later life and career
Niosi was proficient on several instruments: clarinet, flute, saxophone, trombone, and trumpet. He formed a dance band in 1931. This began a long association with the Palais Royale dance hall in Toronto, which lasted until 1950. Here, he earned the nickname 'Canada's King of Swing'. His orchestra, and a smaller group made up of some of its members, was broadcast frequently on CBC Radio. Niosi played alto saxophone and clarinet in the small band. He was also a member of CBC radio's The Happy Gang musical series from 1952 to 1959. He died in Toronto on August 3, 1987.
- Litchfield, Jack; Miller, Mark (2002), Niosi, Bert (Bartolo), Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J330700
- Young, Peter (2002). Let's Dance: A Celebration of Ontario's Dance Halls and Summer Dance Pavilions. Natural Heritage. p. 22.
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