Milt Raskin

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Milt Raskin
Birth name Milton Raskin
Born (1916-01-27)January 27, 1916
Died October 16, 1977(1977-10-16) (aged 61)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, swing, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Piano, saxophone
Associated acts Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Billie Holiday, Georgie Auld

Milt Raskin (January 27, 1916 – October 16, 1977) was an American swing jazz pianist.

Born in Boston, Mass., Raskin played saxophone as a child before switching to piano at age 11. In the 1930s he attended the New England Conservatory of Music. He worked on local Boston-area radio before moving to New York City, where he played with Wingy Manone in 1937 at the "Famous Door" and Gene Krupa in 1938-39. He then played with Teddy Powell and Alvino Rey before joining Krupa again for a short time, then joined the orchestra of Tommy Dorsey from 1942 to 1944, replacing Joe Bushkin.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1944, where he occasionally worked in jazz (including on recordings by Artie Shaw, Billie Holiday, and Georgie Auld), but concentrated on work as a studio musician and musical director. Much of his studio work from the 1940s on was uncredited, and he never led his own jazz recording session.


Orchestrator and conductor[edit]

With Nancy Wilson

With Stan Kenton


External links[edit]

Inventory of the Milton Raskin Papers, 1934-1985 donated to the UC Berkeley Music Library by Randy Wilkinson [1]