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March 19, 1982
By Lamont Patterson

Mulidore‘s Jazz Album Appeals To All Ages

Jimmy Mulidore, a Robert Taylor look-alike, is musical director for the Hilton hotels here (Las Vegas Hilton and Flamingo) and has never shortchanged the millions who have come to the showroom to be entertained. Each evening from 6 to 8 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Jimmy plays dinner music prior to the headliner show, with Carl Saunders on trumpet, Tommy Check on drums, Kenny Seiffert on bass, Don Luisiani accordian and the following playing violins: Gil Romero, Oswaldo Baretta, Javier Cortese, Russ Cantor, Bertine Corimby and Rudolfo Fernandez. Leader Mulidore, calling the group The Hilton Strings, adds his expertise by playing alto and soprano sax, and flute, He also feels at home playing English horn, clarinet, bassoon and oboe.

Jimmy has recorded an album on Bainbridge label, called “Invitation—Muildore,” containing 10 melodies for music lovers of all ages.

For the purist who says that they don’t write songs like they used to, the late Hoagy Carmichael, who passed away December 27, 1981, would have been proud of the superb treatment given “Stardust” by the lush string solo of Gil Romero on violin and Jimmy on soprano sax. Then the elegance of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are.” “Morning After” has no correlation with a hangover—it is a bouncy, swing tempo arrangement, and Carl Saunders, formerly with Stan Kenton, Is to be commended for his lively cure for whatever ails one the next morn. Mulidore plays all the tunes with authority and his soft alto sax patterns remind one of the ballad efforts of Johnny Hodges. The album has a fresh and vital quality. Four Stars.

Big Bands and jazz have always been part of Jimmy’s life. He has played with Billie May, Hal McIntyre and Ralph Marterie. Often times he will sit In with Jim Fuller’s big “kicks” band. Mulidore came to Las Vegas in 1957. Before attaining the prestigious position of musical director for the Hiltons, he played with Red Norvo at the Sands and had his own jazz trio at the El Rancho. He also played with Louis Bellson at the Thunderbird and recorded with trumpeter Red Rodney. Mr. Mulidore is a credit to his profession.

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