|Born||November 24, 1923|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, US|
|Died||July 16, 1957(aged 33)|
The son of Boston piano teachers Margaret and Julius Chaloff. Until Chaloff, the most prominent baritone player in jazz was Harry Carney of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Originally influenced by Carney and Jack Washington of the Count Basie Orchestra, he was later greatly inspired by the bebop playing of Charlie Parker. Chaloff became the first major bebop baritonist and opened the way for others to follow.
The first bebop band Chaloff played with was Boyd Raeburn's short-lived big band. In 1947-1949 he first became well known as one of the "Four Brothers" reed section in Woody Herman's Second Herd. He also played with Georgie Auld, Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie, as well as recording as a leader.
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