Big Al Carson

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Big Al Carson (right), with pianist Lars Edegran (left)

Alton "Big Al" Carson (October 2, 1953 – April 26, 2020) was an American blues and jazz singer from New Orleans. He performed with his band, the Blues Masters, in New Orleans, and with other bands.[1][2]

Carson on sousaphone with Dr. Michael White's Liberty Jazz Band, 1990

He played tuba[3][4] in addition to singing. Carson performed and recorded with multiple jazz and brass bands in New Orleans, including under the leadership of Doc Paulin,[5] Lars Edegran,[6][7][8] and Dr. Michael White.

In 1994, he traveled to Europe on a New Orleans music tour, where he performed for the Dutch royal family. The tour included Aaron Neville and Ernie K-Doe.[9] He died on April 26, 2020 at the age of 66 after a heart attack.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swenson, John (1 May 2007). "Fest Focus: Big Al Carson". OffBeat Magazine. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ Spera, Keith (20 August 2010). "Big Al Carson takes a break from Bourbon Street to celebrate new CD". NOLA.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ The Last of the Line - The Eagle Brass Band, Jazzology.com
  4. ^ The Spirit Of New Orleans Brass Band, Jazzology.com
  5. ^ “Dr. Michael White: The Doc Paulin Years” by Michael G. White, Jazz.tulane.edu
  6. ^ Preservation Hall's St. Peter Street All-stars, led by guitarist, pianist and banjoist Lars Edegran Nola.com
  7. ^ Lars Edegran New Orleans Jazz, Jazzology.com
  8. ^ CRESCENT CITY CHRISTMAS: LARS EDEGRAN & HIS SANTA CLAUS REVELERS, Jazzology.com
  9. ^ "Big Al Carson". Bluesartstudio.at. 1953-10-02. Archived from the original on 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  10. ^ ""Big Al" Carson, New Orleans bluesman and Bourbon Street singer, dies at 66 | Music". Nola.com. Retrieved 2020-04-27.

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