Al Porcino

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Al Porcino (May 14, 1925[1] – December 31, 2013)[2] was an American lead trumpeter.[2]

He was born in New York, United States.[1] Porcino began playing professionally in 1943, and played in many of the big bands of the 1940s and 1950s, including those of Georgie Auld, Louis Prima, Jerry Wald, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, and Chubby Jackson.[3] He played with Woody Herman in 1946, 1949-1950, 1954, and 1972.[3] He also did two stints with Stan Kenton, in 1947-48 and 1954-55.[3] In the 1950s, he played with Pete Rugolo, Count Basie, Elliot Lawrence, and Charlie Barnet.[3]

In 1957, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a studio musician.[3] While there he played in the Terry Gibbs Dream band from 1959 to 1962.[3] In the 1960s, he often played in orchestras backing vocalists, and also played with Buddy Rich in 1968, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis in 1969-70.[3] In the 1970s, he formed his own big band, who recorded behind Mel Torme, in addition to their own work.[3]

In the 1970s, Porcino moved to Germany, leading big bands there for two decades.[3] His ensemble played on one of Al Cohn's final recordings in 1987.[3]

He died after suffering a fall in Munich on December 31, 2013.[2][4][5]


With Mose Allison

With Louis Bellson

With Benny Carter

With Gil Fuller

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Stan Kenton

With Junior Mance

With Johnny Mandel

With Shelly Manne

With Charlie Parker

With Buddy Rich

with Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Lalo Schifrin

With Mel Tormé

With Gerald Wilson


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1979. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b c Tamarkin, Jeff (3 January 2014). "Trumpeter Al Porcino Dies at 88". JazzTimes. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Al Porcino Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  4. ^ Keepnews, Peter (9 January 2014). "Al Porcino, First Trumpeter with Leading Jazz Bands, Dies at 88". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Hochkeppel, Oliver. "Jazz-Trompeter Al Porcino ist tot". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.

External links[edit]

  • Al Porcino Web site - includes career highlights, discography, videos, photos, concerts. Site updated June 2011.