Dave Pell, tenor sax, coached actor Tony Curtis, with Gene Cipriano playing his solos; Al Hendrickson coached actress Marilyn Monroe in playing the ukulele; Gerald Wiggins was her vocal tutor.
Gene Cipriano was a part of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra around 1967 when Frank Zappa recorded the orchestral parts for Lumby Gravy. Cipriano has played all but three of the Academy Awards Shows since 1959.
When Tex Beneke took over the late Glenn Miller Band one of the musicians was Gene Cipriano, who played saxophone with Tex from June 1949 to October 1950. He also was later in some of Tex's West Coast pick-up groups. Cipriano was long time room mates with trombonist a Dick Nash.
Gene "Cip" Cipriano is one of Hollywood's most recorded musicians, working with many of the greatest musicians and recording artists over the past 50 years, Cip's impressive career embodies recordings with Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Miles Davis.
Cip is heard playing the memorable flute solo on "Hatari" "Baby Elephant Walk", and soloing on tenor sax for 'Tony Curtis' ( qv) in Billy Wilder's acclaimed film "Some Like It Hot.".