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LOWE, Mundell

(b 21 April '22, Laurel MS) Jazz guitarist. Worked with Ray McKinley, Ellis Larkins, Red Norvo late '40s, Sauter/Finnegan band, on NBC staff NYC '50--58; made nine albums '54--60, mostly on Riverside, doing his own composing/arranging: quartet used Glenn Miller veterans Trigger Alpert and Al Klink, Ed Schaughnessy on drums (b 29 Jan. '29, Jersey City; played with Benny Goodman, Charlie Ventura, Tommy Dorsey, Tonight Show band); eleven-piece New Music Of Alec Wilder had Joe Wilder leading brass section with two flugelhorns (both on Riverside '56); also sets of Porgy And Bess, TV themes on Camden (RCA budget label) with all-star big band. Lowe retired to West Coast studios, emerged from lucrative TV work (I Dream Of Jeannie, Hawaii Five-O etc) for small-group albums California Guitar '74 on Famous Door, Guitar Player and Incomparable on Dobre, Transit West '83 on Pausa, Souvenirs on Jazz Alliance.