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30 September 1928, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 4 April 1997, Cologne, Germany. Eardley began playing trumpet when he was a child, encouraged by his musician father. His early interest in jazz came from records made by his fathers generation of musicians but he soon became influenced by bop. After military service he formed his own small band, playing bop, and in the early 50s settled in New York. Here he played with Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan, and others, touring Europe with Mulligan in 1956. He recorded with Woods, Mulligan and Chet Baker. After a spell playing in his home state he relocated to Europe, playing thereafter in studios, on radio, and in clubs in Belgium and Germany. In Europe he found a high level of admiration and recognition, and was recorded by Spotlite Records under his own name and in partnership with Al Haig. In 1989 he soloed on some tracks for Carmen McRaes Dream Of Life, recorded with the West German Radio Orchestra. Eardley...