Ray Anthony has been one of Big Band music's most dedicated ambassadors. For sixty years he has
helped keep alive the sounds of America's golden age of jazz and pop music. Born in 1922, Anthony
began his musical career at age five, playing in his family's group, the Antonini Family Orchestra.
During high school he worked with local bands in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and later made his
professional debut with Al Donahue in 1940.
After only a short time with Donahue, Anthony was hired by Glenn Miller but left after six months,
unable to get along with the famous orchestra leader. He then played briefly with Jimmy Dorsey before
forming his own group, which featured unique instrumentation -- one trumpet, one French horn, five
saxes, and three rhythm.
In 1942 he entering the Navy, where he led a service group in the Pacific