George Hudson (jazz musician)

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George Hudson (born March 7, 1910 in Stonewall , Mississippi , † July 10, 1996 in Brooklyn , Illinois ) was an American jazz trumpeter , big band leader and music teacher.

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Hudson grew up in Birmingham, Alabama , first learned piano and eventually switched to the trumpet. His family moved to Pittsburgh , where he attended high school and the Conservatory of Music. After graduating, he began his professional career with Zach Whyte's Chocolate Beau Brummels , a well-known Territory band . After working for the Kansas City Blue Devils and Bennie Moten , he went to Alphonse Trent in 1930 . In Little Rock he left the Trent Band, lived in Oklahoma and finally moved to Kansas City , where he played briefly with the Oklahoma Blue Devils and Bennie Moten; in St. Louis in 1934 he switched to the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra , where he became lead trumpeter; In 1937 four plate sides were created for Decca . In 1938 he moved from the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra to Dewey Jackson .

In 1941 he left Dewey Jackson to found his own orchestra in 1942, with which he went on tour and played at the Apollo Theater , among other things . In 1944, the Jeter-Pillars replaced it as the house band in the Plantation Club in St. Louis. His musicians included u. a. Singleton Palmer and Lloyd Smith . In the post-war years, well-known musicians such as Oliver Nelson , Clark Terry or Ernie Wilkins played in Hudson's band, which undertook extensive tours through the East and the Midwest and among others. a. also performed at the Apollo Theater in New York. Young Ahmad Jamal was discovered during his senior year of Hudson High School and also toured with him.

In 1949 four tracks were created for the rhythm and blues label King Records ( It's Love, Put it on the Cuff, Appleyard Boogie and There's No Sweeter ); Hudson also played in the orchestra of the drummer Teddy Stewart in the Mercury sessions of Dinah Washington in 1949/50 , to be heard for example in "Good Daddy Blues", # 8 of the 1949 RB charts .

With the decline of the big big bands , he had to give up traveling with the orchestra; from 1950 onwards it only existed at the local level. His main occupation was from 1950 to 1985 as a music teacher at Lovejoy High School in Brooklyn, Illinois, where he founded and directed a marching band that won numerous awards and performed in front of President Kennedy and presidential candidate Adlai Stephenson ; his students included u. a. Hamiet Bluiett and Prince Wells III.

George Hudson was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in both his hometown of Birmingham and St. Louis .
He is not to be confused with the jazz trumpeter of the same name who played in the Sun Ra Arkestra in the 1950s .

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c biography at
  2. a b Information on band leader George Hudson from Dennis Owsley: City of Gabriels: the history of jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973 , pp. 94f.
  3. Information on Oliver Nelson at Concord Jazz
  4. Information on Ahmad Jamal at All About Jazz
  5. Discography King Records - 4000 series
  6. ^ Bielefeld catalog 2001.
  7. Billboard Magazine 1936 to 2014 (Free Archive)