Hutchenrider, Clarence (1908–1991)

By: Dave Oliphant

Type: Biography

Published: December 5, 2006

Jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Clarence Hutchenrider was born in Waco, Texas, on June 13, 1908. He began his career playing tenor saxophone at age fourteen in his own band during high school. He played with Jack Gardner's outfit at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas and with other territory bands before joining Ross Gorman in 1928.

In the autumn of 1931 Hutchenrider became a member of the prestigious Casa Loma Orchestra, with which he was the featured clarinetist, although one of his finest solos was taken on baritone saxophone ("I Got Rhythm," 1933) and another fine outing on alto saxophone ("That's How Rhythm Was Born," 1933). Hutchenrider was with the Casa Loma Orchestra until 1943, when he left due to a lung illness which curtailed his career for most of the next decade. In the mid-1950s he began to play with several groups before forming in 1958 a successful trio that played through the early 1970s at several New York nightspots. He joined the Gully Low Band in 1982. In 1985 and 1988 Hutchenrider was interviewed by jazz trumpeter and critic Richard M. Sudhalter for the book Lost Chords. Hutchenrider died in New York City on August 18, 1991. He was survived by his wife, Barbara, and two children.

John Chilton, Who's Who of Jazz: Storyville to Swing Street (London: Bloomsbury Book Shop, 1970; American ed., New York and Philadelphia: Chilton, 1972; 4th ed., New York: Da Capo Press, 1985). Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999). Notes to Casa Loma Orchestra: Stompin' Around (HEP, CD 1062, 1999). Dave Oliphant, The Early Swing Era, 1930–1941 (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2002). Richard M. Sudhalter, Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contributions to Jazz, 1915–1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).


  • Music
  • Genres (Jazz)

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December 5, 2006

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