One of jazz’s top clarinetists of the past 20 years and an equally skilled tenor-saxophonist, Ken Peplowski has been an important force in keeping small group swing alive and vital. Born in 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio, Peplowski played in public for the first time when he was still in elementary school. He and his brother, trumpeter Ted Peplowski, performed at many Polish dances and weddings on weekends through high school. He also played jazz with his school stage bands, taught at the local music store, and performed at local engagements as a teenager. After attending college for a year, Peplowski was heard by Buddy Morrow, playing with his quartet at a jazz festival in Cleveland and was hired for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Peplowski played clarinet solos and lead alto with the big band.
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