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Al Aarons

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Al Aarons
Born(1932-03-23)March 23, 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedNovember 17, 2015(2015-11-17) (aged 83)
Laguna Woods, California

Albert Aarons (March 23, 1932 – November 17, 2015) was an American jazz trumpeter.[1][2]


Aarons was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit.[3] 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.


As leader[edit]

  • Al Aarons & the L.A. Jazz Caravan (LOSA, 1996?)[1]

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Count Basie

With Brass Fever

With Kenny Burrell

With Frank Capp

  • Live at the Century Plaza (Concord, 1972)

With Buddy Collette

  • Blockbuster (RGB, 1973)
  • Jazz for Thousand Oaks (UFO-Bass, 1996)

With Ella Fitzgerald

With Benny Golson

With Eddie Harris

With Gene Harris

With Milt Jackson

With Carmen McRae

With Essra Mohawk

With Zoot Sims with the Benny Carter Orchestra

With Frank Wess

With Gerald Wilson


  1. ^ a b Owens, Thomas. Aarons, Al. Oxford Music Online. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "Albert N. Aarons (1932 - 2015)". Los Angeles Times. November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015 – via Legacy.com.
  3. ^ Feather, Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 3. ISBN 9780195320008. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  4. ^ Zoot Sims discography

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