February 3, 1919|
|Died||May 11, 2011
Newport Beach, California
|Labels||Master Jazz, Concord Jazz|
|Associated acts||Tony Bennett, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, B. B. King, Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, The Tonight Show Band, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughan, The Band|
Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young (February 3, 1919 – May 11, 2011) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known for his mastery of the plunger mute, with which he was able to create a wide range of sounds.
Young was lead trumpeter of the Jimmie Lunceford band from 1939 to 1942. He played with Count Basie (three stints totalling eight years), Gerald Wilson and Lionel Hampton, among others, and was an original member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band.
He was also part of the touring ensemble that traveled with Doc Severinsen, performing live concert dates, corporate events, and headling shows in the main rooms of Las Vegas. The one nighters usually occurred on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, as Severinsen was committed to The Tonight Show on weeknights.
For the Las Vegas gigs, the nucleus of Severinsen's touring band (Young, conductor Steve Thoma, and drummer Paul Line) would commute to Vegas nightly, leaving Van Nuys airport around 6:00pm via Lear Jet, arriving in Las Vegas by 7:00. A limousine would transport the musicians directly backstage, where they would dress and prepare for an 8:00 pm and midnight show. Then back to the airport for the ride back to Los Angeles, where Severinsen and Young had their NBC gig, and Steve Thomas and Paul Line were undertaking studio sessions daily.
Young performed nightly with Severinsen, and he was featured prominently for several solos, as well as a trumpet version of "Dueling Banjos". He continued to perform in Los Angeles, appearing on the classic 1976 Coconut Grove recording Bobby Bland and B.B. King Together Again...Live and again on King's 2008 album One Kind Favor.
Young recorded only three albums under his own name. The 1971 album, Boys from Dayton, featured Norris Turney on alto sax, Booty Wood on trombone, Richard Tee on piano and organ, and Cornell Dupree on guitar. His 1978 album with altoist Marshall Royal, Snooky and Marshall's Album, featured pianist Ross Tompkins, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson. Horn of Plenty features Ross Tompkins on piano, John Collins on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Jake Hanna on drums.
Throughout the years, Snooky recorded and performed with Gerald Wilson (a friend since the Lunceford days) and his Orchestra. Until 2010 he was still playing and recording with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
As leader/co-leader 
- 1971: Boys from Dayton
- 1978: Snooky and Marshall's Album (with Marshall Royal)
- 1979: Horn of Plenty
As sideman 
- 1959: In Person! Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra.
- 1959: The Genius of Ray Charles - Ray Charles
- 1962: Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra - Art Farmer (Mercury)
- 1962: Big Bags - Milt Jackson (Riverside)
- 1962: Down Home - Sam Jones (Riverside)
- 1962: That's How I Love the Blues! - Mark Murphy (Riverside)
- 1962: The Complete Town Hall Concert - Charles Mingus (Blue Note)
- 1963: Any Number Can Win – Jimmy Smith
- 1963: For Someone I Love - Milt Jackson (Riverside)
- 1964: New Fantasy - Lalo Schifrin (Verve)
- 1964: The Cat - Jimmy Smith (Verve)
- 1964: Great Scott!! - Shirley Scott
- 1965: Ray Brown / Milt Jackson - Milt Jackson and Ray Brown (Verve)
- 1965: Once a Thief and Other Themes - Lalo Schifrin (Verve)
- 1965: Jazz Dialogue - Modern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic)
- 1965: Wrapped Tight - Coleman Hawkins
- 1966: Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle - Oliver Nelson
- 1966: Moody and the Brass Figures - James Moody
- 1966: Happenings - Hank Jones and Oliver Nelson
- 1966: Spanish Rice - Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill
- 1966: The Spirit of '67 - Pee Wee Russell and Oliver Nelson
- 1968: Silver Cycles - Eddie Harris
- 1968: Blues - The Common Ground - Kenny Burrell (Verve)
- 1969: Soul '69 - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)
- 1969: Yusef Lateef's Detroit - Yusef Lateef (Atlantic)
- 1970: Consummation - Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (Blue Note Records)
- 1971: Plastic Dreams - Modern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic)
- 1971: Wild Horses Rock Steady - Johnny Hammond
- 1972: Suite for Pops - Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (A&M Horizon)
- 1972: Rock of Ages - The Band
- 1973: Enter the Dragon (soundtrack) - Lalo Schifrin
- 1974: Brasswind - Gene Ammons (Prestige)
- 1975: The San Francisco Concert - Hubert Laws (CTI)
- 1975: Ellington Is Forever, Ellington Is Forever Volume Two - Kenny Burrell (Fantasy)
- 1976: How Can You Live Like That? - Eddie Harris (Atlantic)
- 1976: Time Is Running Out - Brass Fever (Impulse!)
- 1976: Bobby Bland and B.B. King Together Again...Live
- 2008: One Kind Favor - B. B. King
- Matt Schudel (May 13, 2011). "Snooky Young, 92-year-old jazz trumpeter, dies". The Washington Post.
- Ramsey, Doug (12 May 2011). "Snooky Young, 1919-2011". artsjournal.com. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- Biography at allmusic
- The Band – Rock of Ages, at All-Music.com
- Overview Boys from Dayton: allmusic. Retrieved 28th April 2013.
- Horn of Plenty: Overview allmusic. Retrieved 28th April 2013.
- Peter Keepnews (May 18, 2011). "Snooky Young, a Big Band Trumpeter, Is Dead at 92". The New York Times.
- Snooky and Marshall's Album: Overview allmusic. Retrieved 28th April 2013.