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Boyd Raeburn, c. June 1946
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb
|Birth name||Boyd Albert Raeburn|
|Born||October 27, 1913|
Faith, South Dakota, U.S.
|Died||2 August 1966 (aged 52)|
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
His big band, which was active ca. 1944-1947, performed arrangements that were often quite avant-garde, like the arrangements of Stan Kenton during the same period. The compositions arranged by George Handy were the most contemporary, utilizing dissonance somewhat in the manner of Igor Stravinsky. He attended the University of Chicago, where he led a campus band but eventually left the music industry to pursue business interests in New York and the Bahamas.
Raeburn was married twice, once to singer Ginny Powell, for whom he wrote "Rip Van Winkle". The couple had two children. He was previously married to Lorraine Anderson, with whom he had one child; that union ended in divorce.
Raeburn died of a heart attack in 1966, aged 52. His son, Bruce Boyd Raeburn of New Orleans, is the curator of the William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz at the Tulane University in New Orleans.
- Innovations, Volume 1 (Savoy MG-15010 [10" LP], 1951)
- Innovations, Volume 2 (Savoy MG-15011 [10" LP], 1951)
- Innovations, Volume 3 (Savoy MG-15012 [10" LP], 1951)
- Man With The Horns (Savoy MG-12025, 1955)
- Boyd Meets Stravinski (Savoy MG-12040, 1955)
- Dance Spectacular (Columbia CL-889, 1956)
- Fraternity Rush (Columbia CL-957, 1957)
- Teen Rock (Columbia CL-1073, 1957)
- Experiments in Big Band Jazz 1945 (Musicraft, 1980) includes all 12 tracks recorded January 1945 and May 1945 for Guild Records.
- Jewells (Savoy, 1980) includes all 18 tracks recorded October 1945, February 1946, June 1946, September 1946 and November 1946 for Jewel Records, plus the 4 tracks recorded August 1947 for Atlantic Records.
Media related to Boyd Raeburn at Wikimedia Commons
- "Changing Personalities: Eastman Chamber Jazz Explores the Music of Boyd Raeburn", November 8, 2016.
- Profile, imdb.com; accessed February 8, 2018.
- Boyd Raeburn biography, allmusic.com; accessed February 8, 2018.
- Boyd Raeburn discography, allmusic.com; accessed February 8, 2018.
- Boyd Raeburn biography, parabrisas.com; accessed February 8, 2018.
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