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Big Band - Al Killian

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Al Killian

(October 15, 1916 - September 5, 1950) was a jazz trumpet player and occasional bandleader during the big band era, also known for playing jump blues and East Coast blues. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Killian was considered one of the most powerful and exciting trumpeters of his day.

Al Killian was one of the original double-C players. He was also a very good soloist, and played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. He took over the high-note book in Ellington's band when Cat left in 1947, and would certainly be more famous if not for his untimely death.



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