The photo below is of the famed Boyd Raeburn band of mid-1945 (to enlarge, click once on the image). Raeburn's band during this period was an orchestra in transition. For one, pianist Harry Biss had broken a goblet in his hand and had to return to New York. To fill the position, saxophonist Hal McKusick (center of the reed section in the photo) convinced Raeburn to take back the mercurial and ingenious George Handy. Raeburn agreed, and Handy's charts wound up revolutionizing the band's sound, giving it a more intensive, experimental quality.
"It was taken in July or August 1945 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, where all the new sounds of the Raeburn band began. Here are the musicians I can identify:
Front row, from left: Singers David Allyn and Barbara Cox; Lenny Green, unclear, and me (alto saxes); Frank Socolow (tenor sax); Hy Mandel (baritone sax) and Boyd Raeburn (standing).
Middle row, from left: Jack Carman, Johnny Mandel and unclear (trombones).
Back row: Joe Berisce (bass); Irv Kluger (drums); Alan Jeffreys, unclear, Dale Pierce and Tommy Allison (trumpets).
Not shown: George Handy (piano).