- Mar 23, 2012MUSIC LOSES ANOTHER STUDIO LEGEND
from allabout jazz.com
Warren Luening's trumpet and flugelhorn work from
Lawrence Welk to Bob Florence to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to soundtrack recording at the studios, where
he was revered as one of best players and best guys in the building, died March 18th of complications from
cancer. He was 70 years of age.
Warren Luening, Jr. born and bred in New Orleans, where many outsiders have sought to imitate that sound which comes so naturally to those who grew up exposed to the Big Easy's street music traditions. He had an early start with music, playing in a youth band, together with Roy Wiegand, Charlie May, and a rhythm section. They performed in 'The Colgate Comedy Hour' on C.B.S., as well. The youth band worked 6 nights a week.
Tony Almerico's All-Stars, a mixture of seasoned New Orleans
men and the town's vigorous younger generation, became a
fixture at the Parisian Room on Royal Street for years. Joining Almerico in the front line were three of the young stars who are carrying on the vital traditions of New Orleans jazz. Pete
Fountain anexceptional clarinetist with the rich, mellow tone that is the hallmark of the great New Orleans clarinet men, trumpeter Warren Luening, Jr., and clarinetist "Pee Wee" Spitelera. The other horns in Almerico'sband, Jack Delaney, a trombonist and singer who is the closest thing to Jack Tea-garden since
Teagarden himself, and tenor saxophonist Nino Picone.
Luening moved on to playing trumpet with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra for a few years (1958 to 1960) during the Silver Champagne Era. In the late 1960s he performed with the Ronnie Dupont Quartet, featuring Warren Luening (trumpet), Roy Wiegand (trombone), Johnny Vidacovich (drums) at The Bistro Nightclub in New Orleans.
He played with the orchestra on "Dancing with the Stars"
(TV series), the EMMY and Oscars Awards.