One of today's top clarinetists and a talented tenor player, Ken Peplowski has helped keep the tradition of small-group swing and Dixieland alive. He made his debut at the age of ten, playing locally in his hometown Cleveland, Ohio. He spent several years touring with the Tommy Dorsey ghost orchestra, and settled in New York, playing with the legendary Benny Goodman. Ken backed such noteworthy artists as Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney under the Concord record label. He also leads his own sets, which include brilliant duets with guitarist Howard Alden.