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Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynair

Tenor saxophonist Wilton 'Bogey' Gaynar was another of the stellar graduates of the famous Alpha Boys School in Jamaica who left behind a brief but enduring legacy as a prominent jazz musician of his time.

After leaving Alpha, he began his professional career playing in the clubs of Kingston, backing touring acts as George Shearing and Carmen McRae before joining up with Ossie Williams in a forerunner to Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

In 1955 Gaynair relocated to Germany seeking out the burgeoning jazz scene which was happening in Europe. Though recognized for his hard bop expertise, he recorded only three times as a bandleader. Two of those recordings came during visits to England, 1959’s “Blue Bogey” on Tempo Records and 1960’s “Africa Calling,” also recorded for Tempo but unreleased until 2005 due to label and rights issues.

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