Gabe Baltazar was first playing music at the age of eleven when he was started on the Eb Clarinet , later he would switch to alto saxophone. There were numerous big bands stationed at Hickam Field during this time ( World War II ) and Baltazar got to hear Artie Shaw , Sam Donahue , and Claude Thornhill . [2] Batlazar's main influences growing up were Benny Carter , Lester Young , Coleman Hawkins , Willie Smith and Johnny Hodges . By age 16 (1946) he had already been playing professionally for two years and was first introduced to Charlie Parker 's playing by jazz trombonist Frank Rehak . [2]


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