|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s|
John Edward Buckner, 16 July 1909, Sherman, Texas, USA, d. 25 September 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. A fervent disciple of Louis Armstrong from his youth, Buckner remained so all his life. Although his technique was strong enough for him to have worked in whatever style he chose, he deliberately modelled his trumpet playing upon that of his idol, even when it became unfashionable. During the 20s and early 30s Buckner worked mostly in California with bands such as those led by Sonny Clay, Curtis Mosby, Buck Clayton (with whom he visited China in 1934) and Lionel Hampton. When Hampton left California, in order to take up an offer to join Benny Goodman, Buckner took over the band. In the 40s he worked with several stylistically disparate bands, among them Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson and Johnny Otis, although he always stuck to his favoured style. In the early 50s he was with Kid Orys band and was playing as well as ever. In the mid-60s Buckner became a...