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Charlie Shavers

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: August 3, 1920 | Died: July 8, 1971    

Charlie Shavers

Charlie Shavers was one of the great trumpeters to emerge during the swing era, a virtuoso with an open-minded and extroverted style along with a strong sense of humor. He originally played piano and banjo before switching to trumpet, and he developed very quickly.

In 1935, he was with Tiny Bradshaw's band and two years later he joined Lucky Millinder's big band. Soon afterward he became a key member of John Kirby's Sextet where he showed his versatility by mostly playing crisp solos while muted.

Shavers was in demand for recording sessions and participated on notable dates with New Orleans jazz pioneers Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone, and Sidney Bechet. He also had many opportunities to write arrangements for Kirby and had a major hit with his composition “Undecided.” After leaving Kirby in 1944, Shavers worked for a year with Raymond Scott's CBS staff orchestra, and then was an important part of Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra from 1945 until past TD's death in 1956....
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  • The Everest Years

    Empire Musicwerks
    2005
    BUY
  • Charlie Shavers: Complete Recordings

    Lone Hill Jazz
    2005
    BUY
  • The Finest Of Charlie Shavers - The Most Intimate

    Magneoton
    1988
    BUY
  • Los Grandes Del Jazz 98

    Magneoton
    1982
    BUY
  • Trumpet Man

    Magneoton
    1978
    BUY
  • Excitement Unlimited

    Magneoton
    1963
    BUY
  • Frenesi

    Magneoton
    1962
    BUY
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