CBS Orchestra

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The CBS Orchestra is the house band, led by Paul Shaffer, that plays for David Letterman's CBS late-night talk show, Late Show with David Letterman. Minus its horn section, it was previously known as The World's Most Dangerous Band (WMDB) from 1982 to 1993, during the group's tenure as the house band for NBC's Late Night with David Letterman.



Shaffer and trombonist Tom Malone first worked together in 1975, as original members of the Saturday Night Live Band; they also helped organize the original Blues Brothers in 1978. Malone joined the band in November 1993. Shaffer met bassist Will Lee at a recording session for Paul Jabara in 1976; the two became founding members of the WMDB in 1982. Shaffer met guitarist Sid McGinnis in 1978; McGinnis became a permanent member of the band in 1984. Shaffer and drummer Anton Fig first played together at a Joan Armatrading recording session in March 1980; six years later he joined the band.

In 1986, at a Benny Harrison and the Spyders performance at New York City's China Club, Shaffer first heard saxophonist Bruce Kapler and trumpeter Alan Chesnovitz. Kapler and Chesnovitz occasionally sat in with the WMDB starting in 1988; Kapler joined the CBS Orchestra in November 1993, and Chesnovitz followed in February 1997.

Guitarist Felicia Collins first performed with Will Lee in 1985 when they backed...
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