b. 20 August 1931, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. In his late teens, while studying music at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Capp was invited to join Stan Kenton's Orchestra as replacement drummer for Shelly Manne. This was in early 1952; by the end of the year Capp had left to join Neal Hefti's band. As he later admitted, this was the wrong way round; the Hefti band, a commercially-orientated dance band, was a better training ground than the powerhouse Kenton band. Capp then became accompanist to Peggy Lee before joining the big bands of Billy May and Harry James and small groups led by Charlie Barnet and Shorty Rogers. Through the '50s and into the '60s, Capp spent much of his working life in television and film studios but also made numerous albums with Benny Goodman, Terry Gibbs, Barney Kessel, and several with André Previn. In the mid-70s Capp formed a big band with Nat Pierce, which became known as the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut. In the '80s Capp continued to play in small and big bands, using his extensive technical proficiency and bringing enthusiasm and hard-swinging excitement to any performance.
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