Dave Schildkraut

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Dave Schildkraut (January 7, 1925 - January 1, 1998) was an American jazz alto saxophonist.

Schildkraut[1] first played professionally with Louis Prima in 1941. Following this he played with Buddy Rich (1946), Anita O'Day (1947), Stan Kenton (1953-54), Pete Rugolo (1954), Oscar Pettiford (1954), Miles Davis ("Solar", 1954), George Handy (1955), Tony Aless (1955), Ralph Burns, Tito Puente, Johnny Richards, and Kenton again in 1959. From the 1960s, he played freelance in New York City, where he appeared regularly with Eddie Bert at the West End Cafe. Later in his life he went into semi-retirement.

Schildkraut's playing was fluid and brilliant in pure bebop style: so much so that, during a blindfold test for Down Beat, Charles Mingus mistakenly identified him as Charlie Parker.[2]

In year 2000, the label Endgame Records published his only recording as a leader, Last Date.


  1. ^ Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler. The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 586.
  2. ^ Quoted in "The arts journal" online edition, July 2006.