Snooky Young

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Eugene "Snooky" Young (* 3. February 1919 in Dayton , Ohio ; † 11. May 2011 in Newport Beach , California ) was an American jazz - trumpet and flugelhorn player , also a saxophonist and singer .

Live and act

Young has been playing the trumpet since he was five. He began his musical career at the age of twenty in Dayton. He then became known as the solo trumpeter in the band of Jimmie Lunceford (1939–1942). He later worked with the bands of Lionel Hampton , Gerald Wilson and from 1945 to 1947 with Count Basie . He led his own band until 1957, after which he returned to the Basie Orchestra , where he stayed until 1962 and was replaced by Fortunatus "Fip" Ricard .

Since 1962, Young was a studio musician with NBC , where he became a member of the Tonight Show Orchestra . In 1966 he was one of the founding members of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra , with whom he subsequently appeared regularly. In 1971 he played in Charles Mingus ' big band ( Let My Children Hear Music ). In 1972 he went to Los Angeles with the Doc Severinsens Tonight Show band ; he was a member of the orchestra until its dissolution in 1992. Young only made three albums as a band leader, but worked as a sideman on almost six hundred albums, including a. at Ray Brown , Kenny Burrell , Donald Byrd , Frank Capps Juggernaut , Benny Carter , Jimmy Cheatham , Eddie Lockjaw Davis , Gil Evans , Benny Goodman , Johnny Hodges , Milt Jackson , JJ Johnson , Hank Jones / Oliver Nelson , Quincy Jones , Carmen McRae , Zoot Sims and Dinah Washington . In the field of jazz he was involved in 546 recording sessions between 1939 and 2006.

For 2009 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship .

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Individual evidence

  1. Obituary
  2. Information from Bielefeld's Jazz Catalog 1985, 1988 and 2001.
  3. Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed November 30, 2017)