Al Grey’s trombone sound is immediately recognizable in the world of jazz. Born in 1925, he first played trombone in a Navy band. Early career highlights included work with Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie. When a Basie trombone player became ill, Al stepped in and ended up playing with the orchestra from 1957-61 and 1964-77. His outstanding use of the plunger mute led to a Fred Astaire choreographed dance around one of his Basie solos. Al is a featured player at numerous festivals and jazz parties and directs Lionel Hampton’s Golden Men of Jazz.
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