Collette, Buddy [William Marcel]
- E. Ron Horton
(b Los Angeles, CA, Aug 6, 1921; d Los Angeles, Sept 19, 2010). American jazz saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, and composer. He was a jazz mainstay in Los Angeles for more than 60 years. He began working professionally in his early teens, when he collaborated with Britt Woodman and his family band. Around this time Collette met Charles Mingus and persuaded him to switch instruments, from cello to bass, to form a band that could perform popular music of the day. In ...