Red Balaban

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Leonard "Red" Balaban (b. December 22, 1929) is an American jazz tubist and sousaphonist.

Balaban grew up in Florida and played in regional ensembles from the 1950s. He held a regular gig from 1966 at the Dixieland jazz club Your Father's Mustache in New York City.

He worked extensively as a sideman, for musicians such as Wild Bill Davison, Eddie Condon, Gene Krupa, Dick Wellstood, and Kenny Davern. He co-led Eddie Condon's house band with Ed Polcer from 1975; other noted musicians in this outfit included Vic Dickenson, Warren Vache, and Connie Kay. The club closed in the mid-1980s; Balaban continues playing today. He lives with his wife in New England.


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