Buddy Lester et al. in New York City - March, 1960

from Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era, pages 353-354:

I was happy to return to New York City... and immediately began playing weekend jobs. It wasn’t long before I received a call from Billy Mays Band. This was the type of group which attracted young but experienced players of the highest quality. The band leader was Buddy Lester, the singer-actor, a good guy, but also a practical joker. I don’t remember if this tour was before or after he played one of the lead roles in “Oceans Eleven” with Frank Sinatra. I’d been with the band awhile, when Abe, the 1st trombonist, left, and recommended I take his place on lead. I felt …   more >>
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Felix Mayerhofer, Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era (2006), p. 353-354. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1423588619688 accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: New York City


Buddy Lester
comedian, Actor, Bandleader, Singing
Felix Mayerhofer
trombonist, Bandmaster, Writer

Listening to

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Cocktails for Two performed by Billy Mays Band, Felix Mayerhofer

Experience Information

Date/Time March, 1960
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:16:59 +0000