Donald Neff Bagley
Donald Neff Bagley was born July 18,1927 in Salt Lake City the youngest son of Lewis Loraine and Laurance Elaine Bagley.
started with the Hollywood Teenagers in 1944.
He then served in the Navy from 1945 until 1949, playing with the Navy band on location as assigned.
time in the service, he
played with Stan Kenton from 1950 until 1954 and again later in his
was a much sought after and admired arranger, producer, composer and conductor and he
continued to work on projects in recent years and was constantly augmenting his
vast knowledge taking classes and participating in forums and workshops.
worked with Burt Bacharach, Shelly Manne, Nat King Cole, Dexter Gordon among countless others.
toured with legendary jazz performers and popular artists including Julie London, June Christie and Sarah Vaughan.
arranged, played and conducted for many recordings including Carols De Christmas which went platinum.
Don's work can also be heard in the many movies and T.V. shows, including the score for the first Spiderman movie.
A consummate Jazz bassist, Don
released three solo albums, Basically Bagley, Jazz On The Rocks and Soft Sell.
conducted several Christmas productions with The London Symphony and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
on was a member of The Songwriter's Guild, The Composers and Lyricists Guild and The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers where he served on its board of directors.
In addition, he was a long time member of musicians local 47 in Los Angeles.
Survivors include, grandchildren, Jordan, Jasmin, Celestine and Chanel
and 7 great grandchildren.
also leaves many nieces and nephews in the Salt Lake area who will mark his