NPR profiles Red Norvo:
Credited with bringing the xylophone, formerly a vaudeville instrument, into jazz, Red Norvo was a sideman with Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman. Norvo led one of the most admired bands of the Swing era, and he served as a catalyst for the career of musicians whose ranks include Charles Mingus. While Red received acclaim throughout his life, his innovations on the mallet instruments were far ahead of his time.
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