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Carl Fontana - 100% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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18 July 1928, Monroe, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 October 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As a teenager Fontana played trombone in a band led by his father, then joined Woody Herman in 1952. Subsequent big band stints came with Lionel Hampton and Stan Kenton. In the late 50s he worked with Kai Winding’s four-trombone band. He spent most of the 60s working in house bands in Las V Read more

Frank Rosolino - 74% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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20 August 1926, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 November 1978, Los Angeles, California, USA. After dabbling with guitar, Rosolino took up the trombone while in his teens. After military service during World War II he played in a succession of big bands, including those of Bob Chester and Glen Gray. In 1948 he was one of several bebop-influenced musicians playing in Gene Krupa& Read more

Slide Hampton - 68% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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Bennie Green - 52% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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16 April 1923, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 23 March 1977, San Diego, California, USA. After playing locally for a while during his teenage years, trombonist Green joined the bebop-orientated Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines band in 1942. He continued to be associated with Hines until the early 50s, his spells with the band being interrupted by military service and periods working Read more

Cecil Payne - 50% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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Cecil McKenzie Payne, 14 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 November 2007, Camden, New Jersey, USA. After first learning guitar, alto saxophone and clarinet, Payne took up the baritone saxophone. In 1946, a year in which he played and recorded with J.J. Johnson and Roy Eldridge, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band for a three-year stint. Leaving Gillesp Read more

Bill Watrous - 39% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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William Russell Watrous III, 8 June 1939, Middletown, Connecticut, USA. Although Watrous took some formal musical tuition and also learned trombone from his father, he was largely self-taught. After playing in semi-professional bands, he studied with Herbie Nichols before turning full-time in the early 60s. He played in bands led by artists such as Billy Butterfield, Kai Win Read more

Steve Turre - 39% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz Latin
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12 September 1948, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Early in his professional career Turre played trombone with jazzman Rahsaan Roland Kirk and with Santana, the Latin-tinged rock band. This was in California where he was raised and by which time he had studied music at North Texas State University. He toured with Ray Charles’ band, was briefly with Woody Shaw, joined Art Blakey&# Read more

Leo Parker - 34% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing
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18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the band’s so-called ‘unholy four’. Fel Read more

Kai Winding - 33% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Kai Chresten Winding, 18 May 1922, Arhus, Denmark, d. 7 May 1983, New York City, New York, USA. Winding’s family immigrated to the USA in 1934, and soon thereafter he began teaching himself to play trombone. In the late 30s and early 40s he was with a number of big bands including those of Sonny Dunham and Alvino Rey. After serving in the US Coast Guard during the war, Read more

Boyd Raeburn - 32% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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Boyd Albert Raden, 27 October 1913, Faith, South Dakota, USA, d. 2 August 1966, Layfayette, Indiana, USA. Raeburn attended the University of Chicago, where he led a campus band, before becoming a professional musician leading a small, light music band, but in the 30s turned his attention to swing. In 1944 he formed a high-class band that featured some fine young musicians in Read more

Dizzy Reece - 30% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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Alphonso Son Reece, 5 January 1931, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. After playing in Jamaica as a young teenager, trumpeter Reece moved to the UK in 1948. Over the next few years he established a reputation in the UK and throughout Europe, working mostly with bop musicians like Kenny Graham, Victor Feldman and Tubby Hayes. Reece also occasionally played with leading swing er Read more

Frank Wess - 30% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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Frank Wellington Wess, 4 January 1922, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Wess started out on alto saxophone, playing in bands in and around Washington, DC, where he was raised. Later, he switched to tenor saxophone and worked briefly in the band led by Blanche Calloway. He developed his musical abilities while on military service and, following his discharge at the end of World Wa Read more

Gigi Gryce - 29% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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28 November 1925, Pensacola, Florida, USA, d. 17 March 1983, Pensacola, Florida, USA. Alto saxophonist Gryce studied composition at Boston Conservatory and in Paris (with classicist Arthur Honegger) but then turned to jazz with spells in various bands, including that led by Tadd Dameron. In 1953 he was a member of the remarkable band with which Lionel Hampton toured Europe a Read more

Philly Joe Jones - 27% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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Joseph Rudolph Jones, 15 July 1923, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 30 August 1985, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Jones began his drumming career in his home town, later moving to New York where he worked with many leading bebop musicians. Despite this early exposure to Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other innovators, Jones was able to adapt to the stylistic need Read more

Howard McGhee - 26% match to Al Grey

Genres: Jazz
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6 March 1918, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, d. 17 July 1987, New York City, New York, USA. During the late 30s, McGhee played trumpet in several territory bands in the Midwest before moving to Detroit, where he became well known in that city’s lively jazz scene. He first enjoyed major success with Lionel Hampton in 1941; however, he quickly moved on, joining Andy Kirk, for whom Read more

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