Georgie Auld

Georgie Auld (actually John Altwerger, born May 19, 1919 in Toronto, Ontario, † January 8, 1990 in Palm Springs ( California)) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader.


Auld grew up in Canada, but since the late 1920s lived in the U.S. and had his first appearances with his own bands in New York's Greenwich Village, as the jazz club Nick's. He later worked in the orchestras of Bunny Berigan 1937/38, then 1938/39, with Artie Shaw, whose orchestra he took over in 1940. 1940/41, he played with Benny Goodman, 1941/42, again at Shaw and until his conscription into the U.S. Army with its own Big Band, who starred in, among other things Manny Albam.

In 1949 he had his debut as an actor on Broadway in Garson Kanin stage play The Rat Race. He also played with Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Porcino, Billy Eckstine, Tiny Kahn, Frank Rosolino, with whom he formed a quintet and a big band. In addition to his guest appearances in many swing bands Auld also launched its own formations, such as Georgie Auld Georgie Auld and His Orchestra & His Hollywood All Stars.

In 1977, he played a bandleader in the movie New York, New York, and also worked as a technical consultant for the film. At times, Auld had a club in Hollywood and worked as an agent of the musicians union.

His expressive style was initially influenced by Coleman Hawkins, but then switched to a modernist version of the style of Jimmy Lunceford.


Literature / Sources

  • Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1993
  • Richard Cook, Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. Penguin, 6th Edition, London, 2002. ISBN 0-14-017949-6

Links / sources

  • Georgie Auld: Sax Appeal at
  • Georgie Auld at Discogs (English)


  • Jazz saxophonist
  • Big Band Leader
  • Jazz clarinetist
  • American musician
  • Pseudonym
  • Born in 1919
  • Died in 1990
  • Man