Johnny Bond

Trumpet player and vocalist Johnny Bond, a New Haven, Connecticut, native with a husky voice, worked with Mitchell Ayres from 1941 to 1944, leaving briefly in late 1942 to become part of Jerry Wald’s band. He stayed only a few months, however, before going back to Ayres.

In mid-1944, Bond joined Vaughn Monroe, leaving in mid-1945 for George Paxton’s orchestra, where he stayed until Paxton scrapped the band in early 1949 to start a music publishing house. Bond then formed his own group.

The Johnny Bond Orchestra was hardly an “orchestra” in the traditional sense, being comprised of only five musicians, though those five musicians managed to create a very full sound. Bond’s vocalist was Rosemary Calvin, with whom he’d worked in both Monroe’s and Paxton’s outfits. The group focused on novelty tunes but didn’t limit themselves to any one particular style, playing Latin, Dixieland and bop all in the same set.

Bond’s band recorded on the MGM label in 1949 and signed with Capitol in 1950. Calvin often received co-billing. Pianist Ozzie Landez also sang, as did Bond. The group lasted into at least 1951, when Bond settled in his hometown and began to work locally.

By the mid-1950s, Bond had joined Sammy Kaye’s orchestra. He quit and rejoined Kaye multiple times throughout the rest of the decade and into the early 1960s, working as an arranger and as subleader during his period with the group. Bond, who had started out playing violin as a youth, had switched away from trumpet to clarinet by this time. He often appeared on Kaye’s television program, sometimes fronting his own Dixieland outfit.


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  • The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
    Mitchell Ayres (Johnny Bond), Bluebird (1941)

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  • One Night Stand: Vaughn Monroe
    February 6, 1945 (AFRS) 29:21


  1. “On the Records: Mitchell Ayres.” Billboard 17 Jan. 1942: 64.
  2. “On the Stand: Mitchell Ayres.” Billboard 5 Sep. 1942: 20.
  3. “Vaudeville Reviews: Earle, Philadelphia.” Billboard 19 Dec. 1942: 18.
  4. “Philly Earle Off.” Billboard 26 Dec. 1942: 14.
  5. “Vaudeville Reviews: RKO-Boston, Boston.” Billboard 22 May 1943: 14.
  6. “Boswell, Ayres Ork Low 16G in Philly.” Billboard 19 Jun. 1943: 17.
  7. “Balto Hipp $19,200.” Billboard 15 Apr. 1944: 28.
  8. “Monroe Whips Stiff Competish in Philly to Rack Up Fat 28G.” Billboard 6 Jan. 1945: 29.
  9. “Vaudeville Reviews: Orpheum, Los Angeles.” Billboard 14 Apr. 1945: 27.
  10. “Night Club Reviews: Panther Room, Hotel Sherman, Chicago.” Billboard 1 Sep. 1945: 32.
  11. “Advanced Record Releases.” Billboard 19 Jan. 1946: 80.
  12. “Vaudeville Reviews: Capitol, New York.” Billboard 18 Dec. 1948: 47.
  13. Advertisement Billboard 19 Mar. 1949: 43.
  14. “On the Stand: Johnny Bond.” Billboard 31 Dec. 1949: 31.
  15. “Music As Written.” Billboard 1 Apr. 1950: 45.
  16. “Music As Written.” Billboard 3 Jun. 1950: 18.
  17. “Music As Written.” Billboard 19 Aug. 1950: 17.
  18. Alpert, Irwin. “Night and Day in New Haven.” Sunday Herald [New Haven,CT] 21 Jan. 1951: 5.
  19. “Records Available on Ten Top Tunes from 1945-1950.” Billboard 17 Mar. 1951: 137.
  20. Alpert, Irwin. “Night and Day in New Haven.” Sunday Herald [New Haven,CT] 11 Nov. 1956: NH-6.
  21. Alpert, Irwin. “Night and Day in New Haven.” Sunday Herald [New Haven,CT] 29 Sep. 1957: NH-9.
  22. Alpert, Irwin. “Night and Day in New Haven.” Sunday Herald [New Haven,CT] 10 Feb. 1957: 20.
  23. Neigher, Harry. “Harry Neigher.” Sunday Herald [New Haven,CT] 14 Sep. 1958: 27.
  24. “TV and Radio Program Guide.” Toledo Blade 27 Dec. 1958: n.p.
  25. Alpert, Irwin. “Night and Day.” Sunday Herald [New Haven, CT] 17 Dec. 1961: 37.
  26. Alpert, Irwin. “Night and Day in New Haven.” Sunday Herald [New Haven,CT] 5 Aug. 1962: 21.

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