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Al Killian

Instruments  Trumpet
Years active  1930sā€“1950
Name  Al Killian

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Born  October 15, 1916 Birmingham, Alabama, United States (1916-10-15)
Died  September 5, 1950, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres  Big band, Jump blues, East Coast blues
Similar People  Shorty Baker, Russell Procope, Ray Nance, Jimmy Hamilton, Tyree Glenn

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Albert H. (Al) Killian (October 15, 1916 ā€“ September 5, 1950) was an American jazz trumpet player and occasional bandleader during the big band era, also known for playing jump blues and East Coast blues.

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Killian was born in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Killian got his start playing with Charlie Turner's Arcadians (mid-1930s) and went on to play with big bands led by Baron Lee, Teddy Hill, Don Redman, Claude Hopkins, Count Basie (1940ā€“1942), Charlie Barnet (off and on from 1943 through 1946) and Lionel Hampton (1945). In 1946 Killian started his own big band, but soon quit bandleading to tour with Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series, where he played alongside such musicians as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lester Young. Following this he briefly toured with bands led by Billy Eckstine, Earle Spencer, and Boyd Raeburn, before landing a spot in Duke Ellington's band, where he toured and recorded for the last three years of his life. During this time he also led his own record session in Stockholm, and took part in one led by Lester Young, as well as participating in several jam sessions which were also recorded.


After leaving Ellington's band he settled in Los Angeles, California, where he was murdered, in a case of mistaken identity, by his landlord at the age of 33.


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