Clarinetist with the Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey bands
Abe Most, clarinetist with the Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey bands in the 1940s and ’50s and later in studios, died Oct. 10 of heart failure in Panorama City, Calif. He was 82.
New York City native who later became a studio musician, began playing at 9, turned professional at 16 and went on to lead his own groups at jazz clubs Kelly’s Stable and the Hickory House in NYC. He joined Brown’s orchestra in 1939 for a two-year stint on alto sax and as a singer.
He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, after which e he worked with his own group and then with the Dorsey orchestra. From the ’50s through the ’70s, he worked in the studio orchestra at 20th Century Fox as well as studio bands led by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Henry Mancini. He also played clarinet on “The Swing Era” recordings from Time-Life, recreating work of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and Matty Matlock.
Later on, he appeared in Shaw and Goodman tribute bands.
Survivors include his wife Gussie; his three children; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his younger brother, saxophonist Sam Most.