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Dan Barrett

Dan Barrett

Misprints, mistakes and misquotes have plagued musicians ever since jazz itself was first referred to in Variety as “jass” in 1916. Marquees, program notes, press releases and liner copy frequently misspell names or distort biographical data. Dan Barrett has been victimized, but the trombonist is so laid back he just lets them slide-appropriately enough.

During a call from Switzerland-he was appearing at the Ascona Jazz Festival and had a bunch of gigs lined up in Italy, to be followed by another festival in France-Barrett reacted to a listing in an Internet database claiming he had played with Benny Goodman in 1955-the year Dan was born in Pasadena, Calif. “Must be a misprint. I played in Goodman’s last band, from ’85 till his death in ’86, and Yale University released albums that go back to 1955. I saw some program notes claiming I had played with King Oliver. The only connection there is I’ve played the music of King Oliver.”

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