This Week In Music

Marion "Buddy" Childers – jazz trumpeter (February 12, 1926 to May 27, 2004)

Marion "Buddy" Childers was a jazz trumpeter and bandleader from St. Louis, Missouri. As a jazz trumpeter, Buddy Childers exhibited extreme stamina and great musical skill for which he was considered among the best trumpet players for over half a century! He played under the direction of the legendary bandleader Stan Kenton, joined Kenton's band when he was only 16 in 1942. When joining the band, Childers had only played the trumpet for four years and was self-taught!

Childers played for Stan Kenton on and off for over ten years. During the same time, he performed with various bands led by Benny Carter, Les Brown, and Vido Musso. In 1951, He joined a band led by Tommy Dorsey where he played together with another trumpet virtuoso, Charlie Shavers. Next on his list of accomplishments, Childers played for Georgie Auld and later rejoined the Charlie Barnet Band with whom he had played with in 1950.

After the trials and tribulations of playing in touring big bands, Childers decided being a freelance musician was the way to go. He played on a freelance basis for seven years and made the transition into the studio where he kept busy doing film and television work until the mid 1980's.


February 12, 1924

February 12, 1924 was the first public performance of the timeless composition by George Gershwin's titled "Rhapsody In Blue". The event was dubbed as educational and called an "Experiment in Modern Music". Tickets to the event at Aeolian Hall in New York City were sold out quickly and it is said that a venue twice the size would have been sold out just as rapidly.

The concert was organized by the extremely popular bandleader, Paul Whiteman. His goal was to prove that jazz, which was relatively new and not quite popularized, should be regarded as a serious art form.

Rhapsody In Blue may have gone beyond the category of modern music at the time, but that did not change the fact that the masterpiece was created in less than five weeks! His piece was so haphazardly put together that he improvised his own piano part on the night of the world premiere.

Regardless of his methods, George Gershwin permanently impacted the revolution of jazz by writing and performing "Rhapsody In Blue" in front of an anxious audience on February 12, 1924.