Arthur Stewart Farmer, 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 4 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. While still a child Farmer moved first to Phoenix, Arizona, then to Los Angeles. This was in the mid-40s, and during the next few years Farmer played trumpet in various name bands, including those led by Jay McShann and Benny Carter, and worked and recorded with musicians as diverse as Johnny Otis, Wardell Gray and Teddy Edwards. In the early 50s he was with Lionel Hampton, touring Europe and recording there (against Hamptons express orders) with fellow sideman Clifford Brown. Back in New York, where Hampton fired pretty nearly his entire band for making those now classic records, Farmer worked with many of the leading contemporary musicians resident in the city. Amongst those artists were Teddy Charles, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan and George Russell.
At the end of the decade he and Benny Golson formed...
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