1930 to 1980
March 3, 1906 in New Orleans
June 27, 1980
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Albany Leon Bigard (March 3, 1906 - June 27, 1980), aka Barney Bigard, was an American jazz clarinetist who also played tenor saxophone, known for his 15 year tenure with Duke Ellington. Biography: Bigard was born in New Orleans to a family of Creoles and studied music and clarinet with Lorenzo Tio. He moved to Chicago in the early 1920s, where he worked with 'King' Oliver and others. During this period, much of his recording with Oliver and others, including clarinetist Johnny Dodds, was on tenor saxophone, an instrument he played often with great lyricism, as on Oliver's hit recording of "Someday Sweetheart".