- Wilbert Baranco
Wilbert Baranco (b. ca. 1912) was an American
jazzpianist and bandleader.
Baranco played with
Curtis Mosbyin the early 1930s and then put together his own bands in the 1930s and 1940s, including several military bands during World War II. He recorded with Ernie Andrewsin Los Angelesin 1945, and led a trio which included Charles Mingusaround that time as well. He served as the accompanist for Dinah Washingtonwhen she sang with the Lucky ThompsonAll-Stars. Some time after the war he put together an ensemble known as Wilbert Baranco & His Rhythm Bombardiers, comprised of former servicemen; this group recorded with, among others, Vic Dickenson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Willie "The Lion" Smith. He also recorded in the 1940s with Jackie Kelsonand Snooky Young. He became a music teacher after the 1940s. He is the father of Purple People founder Victor Baranco. [K.L. Billingsley (1994). " [http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/1994%20March%20Vol.2,%20NO7.pdf University of Sex] ," Heterodoxy, vol. 2, no. 7.]
*Bruce Eder, [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kvftxqealdse~T1 Wilbert Baranco] at
Leonard Featherand Ira Gitler, "The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz". Oxford, 1999, pp. 35-36.
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