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Snooky Young

Born: February 3, 1919 | Died: May 11, 2011    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Snooky Young

Eugene “Snooky” Young was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known for his mastery of the plunger mute, with which he was able to create a wide range of sounds.

oung was lead trumpeter of the Jimmie Lunceford band from 1939 to 1942. He played with Count Basie (three stints totalling eight years) and Lionel Hampton, among others, and was an original member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band.

His longest engagement was with NBC, where, as a studio trumpeter, he joined the Tonight Show Band in 1967 and stayed with them until 1992, when the band was replaced by a new, smaller group....
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1964: The Cat - Jimmy Smith
1964: Great Scott!! - Shirley Scott
1965: Wrapped Tight - Coleman Hawkins
1966: Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle - Oliver Nelson
1966: Happenings - Hank Jones and Oliver Nelson
1966: Spanish Rice - Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill
1966: The Spirit of '67 - Pee Wee Russell and Oliver Nelson
1971: Boys from Dayton
1976: Bobby Bland and B.B. King Together Again...Live
1978: Snooky and Marshall's Album (along with Marshall Royal
1979: Horn of Plenty - leader
2008: One Kind Favor - B. B. King

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