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Louise Baranger

Born in Hollywood, CA, Louise Baranger studied trumpet with Harold "Pappy" Mitchell and Uan Rasey, the former first trumpets at the MGM Studios, as well as jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew and legendary William Vacchiano of the New York Philharmonic.

In 1982 Harry James asked her to join his band, and she remained until Harry’s death in 1983. She spent the next few years playing lead trumpet in the Las Vegas production of Sugar as well as freelancing in Los Angeles and working with such big bands as Nelson Riddle, Jack Wilson and Ray Anthony.

Her many television credits include appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, A PBS tribute to Harry James, Dallas, Falcon Crest, The Flash, KMEX Children’s Telethon, Fox Studios TV Logo, Barry Manilow’s Big Fun On Swing Street (with Gerry Mulligan, Carmen McRae and Stanley Clarke), The Bobby Vinton Show, Kid’s Day at Walt Disney World, and The World Music Awards. Film credits include Blake Edwards’ Mickey and Maude, Mark Rydell’s For The Boys, and Dennis Dugan’s Brain Donors.


News: Event

Phoenix Rising 100 Years Of Jazz - Benefit Concert For Ability360 on April 14

Phoenix Rising 100 Years Of Jazz - Benefit Concert For Ability360 on April 14

Phoenix Rising 100 Years Of Jazz appears in concert Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Piper Repertory Theater of the Mesa Arts Center at One Main Street in Mesa, AZ in the jny: Phoenix metro. Tickets are available at here for $15-49 with discounts for students, seniors and patrons with disabilities. Phoenix Rising 100 ...


Against All Odds

Label: Losen Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: After the Snow; Triplet Whisky; Chasing Rainbows; Geriatric Gymnastics; In the Beginning; Decaffeinado Again; Return from Forever; Frank's Funky World #3; A Weekend in Oslo; Erobrern (The Conqueror); Inside Out; Sulla-Tulla.


Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Got to Give It Up; Camaro Willy; Soul Bossa Nova; Higher Ground; Soulful Grazing; Love Potion No. 9; The Sidewinder; Ain't No Sunshine; Take Me to the River; Never Can Say Goodbye; Inner City Blues; With You I'm Born Again.


Article: Album Review

Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook

Read "Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The Pop Art and 60s-ish graphics cover of this fun CD might give one an impression that Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book is a party record or perhaps one mis-shelved from the Oldies Bin at now-defunct Tower Records. Sorry. Framed here by a group of New York Studio A-Listers and ...


Article: Big Band Report

Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

Read "Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the early '90s, Stanley Kay, one-time back-up drummer for the incomparable Buddy Rich, later a manager of such artists as Maurice Hines, Michelle Lee and Paul Burke and the entertainment director for the New York Yankees, had a good idea: the time had come, he reasoned, to assemble an all-woman big band that would ...


Trumpeter's Prayer

Released: 1999


Article: Album Review

Louise Baranger Big Band: Trumpeter's Prayer

Read "Trumpeter's Prayer" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Louise Baranger’s economy–sized big band (basically four trumpets including her own, three saxophones, one trombone and rhythm) is at its best when unencumbered by guest artists, a string section or other commercially–oriented considerations. While such moments are too infrequent on Trumpeter’s Prayer, Baranger’s bandleading debut, when they do arrive (as on “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Chitlins,” “A ...


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