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Pete Candoli


PETE CANDOLI (trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator) was born Walter Joseph Candoli on June 28, 1923 in Mishawaka, Indiana and passed away January 11, 2008. Candoli’s early career featured stints with Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey and as one of Woody Herman’s first “Herds” later joining Stan Kenton’s band. Candoli became part of the West Coast jazz scene and studio work for television and recordings – working with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee – on whose recording of “Black Coffee” he is featured. Candoli also co-led a band with his younger brother Conte, a fellow trumpet player.