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Founder of Blues Alley in DCCopyright © 2003
Tommy Gwaltney was a clarinetist and vibraphone player. He studied with Ernie Caceres and Peanuts Hucko, and took up vibes while suffering from a temporary lung ailment. He performed in New York with Charlie Byrd, Bobby Hackett, Billy Butterfield and others, and record an album, Goin' To Kansas City, with Buck Clayton (1960).
He founded the well-known jazz club, Blues Alley, in Washington DC in the mid-1960s.
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