Tenor man Charlie Ventura was was a prominent fixture on
the jazz scene during his era. Born Charles Venturo he was
one of thirteen children from a musical family who went on to
become a jazz legend, and was named "Number One Tenor
Saxophonist" by Down Beat Magazine in 1945.
In the summer of 1942, Charlie got a call at his day job at
the Philadelphia Navy yard to join Gene Krupa's band.
Unwilling to relinquish the security of a paycheck, he turned
them down. Then came the second phone call and before
long, Charlie was on the road with the band becoming a
featured soloist, along with trumpet star, Roy Eldridge and
singer Anita O'Day