Life and work
Safranski played eight-year-old violin, bass later. In 1937, he worked at Marty Gregor, 1941 Hal McIntyre until 1945, then at Miff Mole and Stan Kenton (1945 to 1948) and Charlie Barnet ( 1948-1949 ). Since 1950, Safranski was mainly active as a studio musician at NBC in New York. There he played with his own bands and accompanied Stan Getz (with his recordings for Roost record label ), Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Nat King Cole and many other musicians. 1951/52, he played with Benny Goodman. He took in the course of his career panels with Lennie Tristano, Sonny Berman, Kenton, Marian McPartland, the Metronome All-Stars ( 1946-47 ), Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Smith, Tony Perkins and Kai Winding on. From the late 1960s he also taught master classes and workshops and played until recently continued in various combos in the Los Angeles area.
Safranski was technically outstanding soloist and solid companion one of the busiest studio musicians in the 1950s. From 1946 to 1953 he won every year the Down Beat Readers' Poll as a bass player.
Disco Graphical Notes
- Mildred Bailey: The Blue Angel Years ( Baldwin, 1944-49 )
- Don Byas: 1945 ( Classics )
- Roy Eldridge: 1945-1947 ( Classics )
- Nat King Cole: Jazz Encounters ( Capitol, 1947-50 )
- Stan Getz: The Complete Roost Recordings ( Roost, 1950-54 )
- Dizzy Gillespie: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings ( Bluebird, 1937-49 )
- Stan Kenton: The Transsciption Performances (Hep, 1945-46 )
- André Previn: Previn At Sunset ( Black Lion, 1945-46 )
- Sarah Vaughan: The Divine Sarah Vaughan - The Columbia Years 1949-1953 (Columbia )
Literature and links
- Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Edition, London, Penguin, 2002 ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
- Bielefeld catalog 1988 & 2002
- Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia; Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1993