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Bobby Hackett's mellow tone and melodic style offered a contrast to the brasher Dixieland-oriented trumpeters. Emphasizing his middle-register and lyricism, Hackett was a flexible soloist who actually sounded little like his main inspiration, Louis Armstrong.
When Hackett first came up he was briefly known as "the new Bix" because of the similarity in his approach to that of Bix Beiderbecke, but very soon he developed his own distinctive sound. Originally a guitarist (which he doubled on until the mid-'40s), Hackett performed in local bands, and by 1936 was leading his own group. He moved to New York in 1937, played with Joe Marsala, appeared at Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert (recreating Beiderbecke's solo on "I'm Coming Virginia"), recorded with Eddie Condon, and by 1939 had a short-lived big band. Hackett played briefly with Horace Heidt, and during 1941-1942 was with Glenn Miller's Orchestra, taking a famous solo on "String of Pearls." Next up was a stint with the Casa Loma Orchestra, and then he became a studio musician while still appearing with jazz groups. Hackett was a major asset at Louis Armstrong's 1947 Town Hall Concert, in the 1950s he was a star on Jackie Gleason's commercial but jazz-flavored mood music albums, and he recorded several times with Eddie Condon and Jack Teagarden. During 1956-1957, Hackett led an unusual group that sought to modernize Dixieland (using Dick Cary's arrangements and an unusual instrumentation), but that band did not catch on. Hackett recorded some commercial dates during 1959-1960 (including one set of Hawaiian songs and another in which he was backed by pipe organ), he worked with Benny Goodman (1962-1963); backed Tony Bennett in the mid-'60s; co-led a well-recorded quintet with Vic Dickenson (1968-1970); and made sessions with Jim Cullum, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and even Dizzy Gillespie and Mary Lou Williams, remaining active up until his death. Among the many labels Bobby Hackett recorded for as a leader were Okeh (reissued by Epic), Commodore, Columbia, Epic, Capitol, Sesac, Verve, Project 3, Chiaroscuro, Flying Dutchman, and Honey Dew.
Wikipedia:Ernie Caceres, Bobby Hackett, Freddie Ohms, and George Wettling, Nick's, NYC, 1940s. Photography by William P. Gottlieb.
Robert Leo "Bobby" Hackett (January 31, 1915 – June 7, 1976) was an US jazz musician who played trumpet, cornet and guitar with the bands of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman in the late thirties and early forties. Hackett is probably most well known for being the featured soloist on some of the Jackie Gleason mood music albums during the 1950s.
Hackett was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He made his name as a follower of the legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke: Benny Goodman hired him to recreate Bix's famous "I'm Coming Virginia" solo at his (Goodman's) 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. In the late 1930s Hackett played lead trumpet in the Vic Schoen Orchestra which backed the Andrews Sisters. Bobby Hackett can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1940 Fred Astaire movie Second Chorus. In 1939 the talent agency MCA asked Bobby Hackett to form a big band with their backing. Unfortunately the band failed and Hackett was in substantial debt to MCA after it folded. Bobby Hackett joined the bands of Horace Heidt and then Glenn Miller to pay down this debt. To make matters worse, his lip was in bad shape after dental surgery, making it difficult for him to play the trumpet or cornet. Glenn Miller came to Hackett's rescue, offering him a job as a guitarist with the Miller Band. "When I joined the band and I was making good money at last, [...] [jazz critics] accused me of selling out. Hell I wasn't selling out, I was selling in! It's funny, isn't it, how you go right into the wastebasket with some critics the minute you become successful". Despite his lip problems, Hackett could still play occasional short solos, and he can be heard playing a famous one with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on "A String of Pearls."
A dream come true for Hackett was his inclusion in Louis Armstrong's 1947 Town Hall Jazz Concert. In 1954, Hackett appeared as a regular on the short-lived ABC variety show, The Martha Wright Show, also known as The Packard Showroom.
However, what made Hackett something of a household name was his being hired by Jackie Gleason as a soloist for some of Gleason's earliest mood music albums. Starting in 1952, Hackett apppeared on Gleason's first Capitol Records album, Music for Lovers Only. The record - as well as all of Gleason's next ten albums - went gold. Hackett went on to appear on six more Gleason LPs. This association led directly to Hackett signing with Capitol for a series of his own albums.
In 1965, he toured with singer Tony Bennett. In 1966 and 1967 Hackett accompanied Bennett on two European tours. In the early 1970s, Hackett performed separately with Dizzy Gillespie and Teresa Brewer.
In 2012, Hackett was selected to be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
Personal life 
Sometime in the 1930s, Bobby Hackett married Edna Hackett. He had two children with her, Barbara Hackett(†) and Ernie Hackett. His son became a musician as well, playing the drums. Hackett died in 1976 of a heart attack, at age 61.
Main Discography Jazz Session (1950, Capitol)In a Mellow Mood (1953, Capitol)Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett (1954, Capitol)Coast Concert (1955, Capitol)Rendezvous (1956, Capitol)Gotham Jazz Scene (1957, Capitol)Don't Take Your Love from Me (1958, Capitol)Jazz Ultimate (1958, Capitol) - with Jack TeagardenAt the Embers (1958, Capitol)Blues with a Kick (1959, Capitol)The Bobby Hackett Quartet (1959, Capitol)Hawaii Swings (1959, Capitol)Easy Beat (1960, Capitol)Dream Awhile (1960, Columbia)The Most Beautiful Horn in the World (1961, Columbia)Night Love (1962, Columbia)Jazz Impressions of Lionel Bart's "Oliver" (1963, Epic)Plays the Music of Henry Mancini (1963, Epic)Plays the Music of Bert Kaempfert (1964, Epic)Hello, Louis! (1964, Epic)Trumpets' Greatest Hits (1965, Epic)Glenn Miller Time - 1965 (1965, Epic) - with the Glenn Miller OrchestraA String of Pearls (1966, Epic)The Swingin'est Gals in Town (1966, Epic)Plays Tony Bennett's Greatest Hits (1966, Epic)That Midnight Touch (1967, Project 3)Creole Cookin' (1967, Verve)A Time for Love (1968, Project 3)Bobby / Billy / Brazil (1968, Verve) - with Billy ButterfieldThis is My Bag (1968, Project 3) - with Vic DickensonLive at the Roosevelt Grill' (1970, Chiaroscuro)
Additional Discography 
As leader:Thanks Bobby, Bobby Hackett Quartet, Dobre Records
As sideman:Giants (Perception, 1971) - with Dizzy Gillespie and Mary Lou WilliamsWith Glenn MillerA String of Pearls1941, Bluebird records.Rhapsody In Blue 1942, Victor records.With Frank SinatraI've Got a Crush on You 1947, Columbia RecordsBody and Soul 1947, Columbia Records
With Bill Kenny of The Ink SpotsI Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You 1951, Decca Records
With George WeinWein, Women and Song and More, George Wein Plays and Sings (Arbors Records)
With Tony BennettThe Very Thought of You 1965, Columbia RecordsA Time for Love (1966)
With Jackie GleasonMusic for Lovers Only (1952) Capitol RecordsMusic to Make You Misty (1953) Capitol RecordsMusic, Martini's and Memories (1954) Capitol RecordsMusic to Remember Her (1955) Capitol RecordsMusic to Change Her Mind (1956) Capitol RecordsMusic for the Love Hours (1957) Capitol RecordsThat Moment (1959) Capitol Records