Charlie Kennedy, a talented alto saxophonist who was best known for his
association with Gene Krupa's big band. The best years of Kennedy's career
were the 1940s, when he played with Louis Prima's big band. His fine tenor
solo can be heard on Prima's 1943 version of "The White Cliffs of Dover."
He moved on to lead his own quartet before joining Krupa's big band from
1945 to 1948 and was the featured soloist on a number of recordings,
including "How High the Moon," "Disc Jockey Jump" and "I Should Have Kept
While living in the East, Kennedy also played with a number of other leading
bands, including groups led by Charlie Ventura, Flip Phillips and Chico
After moving to the West Coast in 1950, he played with Med Flory, Bill
Holman's orchestra and, most notably, Terry Gibbs' Dream Band from 1959
He was also an active studio musician, playing on popular movies, including
My Fair Lady and West Side Story.
A native of Staten Island, N.Y., he was born Charles Sumner Kennedy on July