musician whose earliest recording credit seems to be the classical-jazz
album, Boyd Meets Stravinsky,
featuring Boyd Raeburn. He was
very busy in the recording studios in 1949, appearing on Frankie Laine’s “God Bless the Child”, Mel Torme’s “Coney Island”, “Got
the Gate on the Golden Gate”, “The Miami Waltz” and
“We Think the West Coast is the Best Coast”, and “You Can
Have Him”, featuring Dinah Shore on lead vocals with Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra.
was 1950: Jules reunited with
Frankie Laine on “May the Good Lord Bless
and Keep You”, which would appear on Frankie Laine Sings His All Time
Favorites, and recorded with George Siravo’s
Orchestra on “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and George
Wyle’s Orchestra on “I Didn’t Slip, I Wasn’t
Pushed, I Fell”. In 1951,
Jules was part of the famed Nat King Cole-Billy May sessions and rejoined
Mel Torme for “I Love You But I Don’t
Like You”, “My Magic Heart”, “Wandering
Swallow” and “(When I Dance With You) I Get Ideas”.
possum with Daws Butler in 1953 on “Peppy
Possum: Part 1” and the
aptly titled “Peppy Possum:
Part 2”. In 1954,
he recorded “The Sea Song” with Frank Sinatra. A year later, he turned up on Margie
Rayburn’s “Basin Street Blues”, which was backed with
“Can I Tell Them You’re Mine”. In 1956, he recorded
“Mary’s Boy Child” with Harry Belafonte and appeared on
Ella Fitzgerald’s The Best of
the Song Books: The Collection,
Music to Listen to Barney Kessel By and Kitty White’s Cold Fire!/Folk Songs. He spent much of 1957 in the
recording studios with Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra. His recordings with Peggy Lee wound
up on The Man I Love. The Sinatra recordings were later
featured on Come Fly With Me.
appeared on John Pisano’s album, Makin’
It. In 1958, he
reacquainted himself with Barney Kessel on
another classical-jazz excursion, Kessel Plays
Carmen, another John Pisano album, Take
Your Pick, and Keely Smith’s genteelly
titled album, Politely. He also recorded “I
Couldn’t Care Less” and “To Love and Be Loved” with
Frank Sinatra. In 1959, he
appeared on the Ella Fitzgerald single, “You Make Me Feel So
Young”/”But Not For Me” and the multi-volume set, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira
Gershwin Song Books. He
also appeared on the Dean Martin album, Sleep
Warm, and Frank Sinatra’s Come
Dance With Me!.
In 1960, he
was back in the studio with Peggy Lee for tracks that would appear on Pretty Eyes and Christmas Carousel.
He followed this up in 1961 with Love
Swings by Bobby Darin and Ella
Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book, and easily made the cut on
The Complete Capitol Singles
Collection of Frank Sinatra.
He continued to record with Bobby Darin on It’s You and From
Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie, released in 1963 and 1964,
respectively. He also appeared
on another Sinatra compilation, 1965’s A Man and His Music.
In 1966, he played flute on The Beach Boys’ groundbreaking
album, Pet Sounds.
changed, Jules easily adapted, appearing as an erstwhile member of The
Cannonball Adderley Quintet on Accent on Africa and The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric
Symphony Orchestra on Frank Zappa’s Lumpy Gravy, as well as performing on The Monkees’
ill-fated movie, Head, and
Michael Nesmith’s solo album, The
Wichita Train Whistle Sings, all released in 1968. In 1969, he teamed up with Townes
van Zandt on Our Mother the Mountain.
featured collaborations with Neil Diamond on the soundtrack of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and
James Taylor on Gorilla, and the
inevitable inclusion on The Beach Boys’ 15 Big Ones. In
1984, he was credited with clarinet, English horn and oboe on The Artistry of Barney Kessel.
This appears to be his last recording credit, but the CD era is
chock-full of opportunities to hear Jules perform on a variety of woodwind
instruments. On Lumpy Gravy alone, he is credited
with alto saxophone, bass clarinet, bass flute, bassoon, bass saxophone,
clarinet, contrabass clarinet, contrabassoon, English horn, flute, oboe and
It is no
wonder with this arsenal of instruments that he was able to carve out such
a distinguished recording career for himself. Other albums on which he appears
include the Bing Crosby compilation, Bing—His
Legendary Years: 1931-1957,
Simcha Time: Mickey Katz Plays Music for
Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Brisses, and Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues