Paul Lavalle

Musician, Conductor

1908 – 1997

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Who was Paul Lavalle?

Paul Lavalle was a conductor, composer, arranger and performer on clarinet and saxophone. He was born Joseph Usifer on September 6, 1908 in Beacon, New York and died in Harrisonburg, Virginia on June 24, 1997.

Lavalle’s parents were Ralph and Jennie Usifer, both Italian immigrants. Graduating from Beacon High School, he planned to study law at Columbia University. After winning a scholarship there, Lavalle studied music at the Juilliard School and was a student of composition of Joseph Schillinger. He performed in many 1930s bands, including one in Havana, Cuba. In 1933 he became an arranger and clarinetist in the NBC house orchestra. His composition Symphonic Rhumba, was broadcast by the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, on December 6, 1942.

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Born
Sep 6, 1908
Beacon
Also known as
  • Joseph Usifer
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Education
  • Juilliard School
Died
Jun 24, 1997
Harrisonburg

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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