Dick Cary’s friends are keeping alive his astonishing output of undated, unclassifiable compositions and arrangements. Cary’s most visible musical roles were as pianist, trumpeter, mellophonist and alto horn operator in bands playing Dixieland. The term Dixieland rankled him but he was stuck with it because of his associations. In the early 1940s Cary was house pianist at Nick’s traditional jazz emporium in Greenwich Village. His highlights as a player came with Louis Armstrong’s original All-Stars and in a productive association with Bobby Hackett in the 1950s. Throughout his career he also worked as an arranger, for Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Glen Gray, Hackett and his own bands, among others.
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