Just as everyone was almost seated, a well dressed elderly gentleman with a very elegant woman walked down the outside aisle and caught the eye of the orchestra leader which resulted in acknowledging smiles between the two.
My curiosity was laid to rest when, in between songs during the first set, Mr. O'Brien introduced Mr. Buddy DeFranco to the audience. During intermission, we approached both men and they graciously gave us their autographs.
Buddy DeFranco had lead the Glenn Miller Orchestra for 8 years in the '60s and 70's. He is the link for clarinetists bridging the Big Band Era and Bop.
Ed Bagley, Bernie Glow, Mike Shane, Charlie Walp t / Al Robertson, Chauncey Walsh, Fred Zito tb / Buddy DeFranco cl / Leo Sinisgalli, Gene Quill as / Buddy Arnold, Ben Lary ts / Vince Ferraro bar / Teddy Corabi p / Buddy Jones sb / Billy Rule d.
Recorded in New York on July 22, 1951.