March 23, 1932 |
Aarons was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. He began to gain attention as a trumpet player in 1956, and started working with jazz artist Yusef Lateef and pianist Barry Harris in the latter part of that decade in Detroit. After a period playing with jazz organist Wild Bill Davis, he played trumpet in the Count Basie Orchestra from 1961 to 1969.
In the 1970s, Aarons worked as a sideman for singers Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and saxophonist Gene Ammons. He was also a contributor to jazz fusion, playing on School Days with Stanley Clarke, and appears with Snooky Young on the classic 1976 album Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again...Live.
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With Gene Ammons
- Free Again (Prestige, 1971)
With Brass Fever
- Time Is Running Out (Impulse!, 1976)
With Kenny Burrell
- Both Feet on the Ground (Fantasy, 1973)
With Eddie Harris
- How Can You Live Like That? (Atlantic, 1976)
With Gene Harris
- Nexus (1975)
With Milt Jackson
- Memphis Jackson (Impulse!, 1969)
- Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington (1979) - Al Aarons, Oscar Brashear, Bobby Bryant, Earl Gardner, J.J. Johnson, Grover Mitchell, Benny Powell, Britt Woodman, Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Buddy Collette, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Rowles, John Collins, Andy Simpkins, Grady Tate, Benny Carter (arr, cond) Hollywood, CA, August 14, 1979
With Frank Wess
- Southern Comfort (Prestige, 1962)
- Owens, Thomas. "Aarons, Al". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Oxford Music Online.
- Zoot Sims discography
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