Abe Aaron

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Abe Aaron
Birth nameAlvin Aaron
Born(1910-01-27)January 27, 1910
Toronto, Canada
DiedJanuary 31, 1970(1970-01-31) (aged 60)
InstrumentsClarinet, saxophone
Associated actsLes Brown's Band of Renown

Alvin "Abe" Aaron (January 27, 1910 – January 31, 1970) was a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, who was born in Canada but spent most of his life performing in the United States.

Aaron was born in Toronto on January 27, 1910.[1] His father was bandleader with a theater band in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and had him play reeds in the band for more than ten years.[2] Early in the 1940s he left this group to play alto saxophone in the big band of Jack Teagarden,[2] with which he recorded in 1942.[1] He moved to Hollywood in 1943 and played with Horace Heidt on radio.[2] From 1945 to 1947 he played with Skinnay Ennis, then returned to work under Heidt through 1949.[2]

Through the decade of the 1950s Aaron played in Les Brown's Band of Renown, including on tours of Europe and East Asia.[2] He recorded often as a member of Brown's band for Coral Records and Capitol Records.[2] In the band, he played clarinet and alto sax in the early 1950s, then switched to tenor and baritone.[1] He also recorded on bass clarinet with Billy Usselton.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Aaron, Abe (Alvin)". Grove Music Online. 2003. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Chadbourne, Eugene. "Abe Aaron". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 April 2019.