Salty Dogs Co-Founder Birchall Smith, 90

Salty Dogs Co-Founder Birchall Smith, 90
BIRCHALL SMITH

BIRCHALL SMITH, 90, on June 28 in Morgan Hill, Californa. While an undergraduate at Purdue University in 1947, was co-founder and the cornetist of the Salty Dogs, which currently is considered to be the longest continuously-performing jazz band.

He was also the founder of Windin’ Ball Recordings in 1952, recording numerous influential jazz artists in the Chicago area. In 1957, he recorded with the legendary Turk Murphy on Columbia Records, and went on to play with and to form several other bands in the San Francisco area, including the Euphoria, Euphonic, and Great Pacific Jazz Bands.

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