Al Porcino

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

Biography

14 May 1925, New York City, New York, USA. While still in his teenage years, Porcino joined the Louis Prima band where his high-note trumpet playing attracted excited attention. In the 40s he played in many of the leading big bands of the day, including those led by Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman. In the 50s he again worked with Kenton and Herman among others such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Elliot Lawrence before settling in Los Angeles, where he did studio work and also made regular appearances in jazz groups, usually big bands, including Terry Gibbs’ ‘dream bands’. He made many record sessions with singers including Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Ray Charles. He was co-leader with Med Flory of the Jazz Wave Orchestra.

In the 60s he continued to play in big bands, adding Buddy Rich and the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra to his list of credits. He rejoined...

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