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Booker Little


The very first trumpeter emerging after Clifford Brown’s loss of life to get his own sound, Booker Little had a significant quantity of potential before his premature loss of life. He started on trumpet when he was 12 and used Johnny Griffin as well as the MJT + 3 while going to the Chicago Conservatory. Small was with Maximum Roach (1958-1959) and freelanced in NY. He documented with Roach and Abbey Lincoln, was on John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass recording, and was well-documented throughout a July 1961 gig in the Five Place with Eric Dolphy. Small had a unforgettable melancholy audio and his period jumps appeared toward the avant-garde, but he also swung just like a hard bopper. Booker Small led four classes (one recording apiece for United Performers, Period, Candid, and Bethlehem), but passed away of uremia at age 23, an especially tragic loss.

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Full Name Booker Little
Died October 5, 1961, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Composer, Trumpeter
Nationality American
Music Songs Bee Tee's Minor Plea, Minor Sweet, Life's A Little Blue, If I Should Lose You, Victory and Sorrow, Opening Statement, Who Can I Turn To, Booker's Blues, Looking Ahead, Calling Softly, The Grand Valse, Rounder's Mood, Jewel's Tempo, Forward Flight, Hazy Blues, Booker's Waltz, Dungeon Waltz, Man of Words, Moonlight Becomes You, Strength and Sanity, Quiet Please, Moods in Free Time, Fire Waltz, Blue 'N Boogie, Wee Tina, Like Someone in Love, The Confined Few, A New Day, Sweet and Lovely, Witch Fire, November Afternoon, Hazy Hues
Albums Out Front, Booker Little and Friend, Booker Little 4 and Max Roach, Down Home Reunion - Young Men From Memphis, At The Five Spot (Complete Edition), Booker Little, New York Sessions, Famous Hits, Booker Little and Friend (Remastered 2013), Essential Jazz Masters, Victory Sorrow, Witch Fire, Booker Little 4 & Max Roach (Remastered 2015), Moods in Free Time, The Complete Prestige / New Jazz Collection, Vol. 7, Star Eyes, Save Your Love for Me - The Ballads Album, Sounds of the Inner City, Waltz Of The Demons, Booker Little 4 & Max Roach, Scoochie, Gaudy Colours, Take a Coffee Break, Crowns Collection, Essential Hits, Milestones (Mono Version), Afternoon Party, Dateline Rome, Art Collection, Booker's Blues featuring George Coleman, Forward Flight, Golden Hits By Booker Little Vol. 2, Milestones, Days To Come, Easily Stop Time, Because of Love, Explore, Freedom Loving, Tune in to, Tea Time Music, Fun And Sophistication, Teatime With, Black Or White, A Mans World, The Classic Years, Remastered Hits (All Tracks Remastered 2015), In That Golden Summer Time, Hazy Blues, Booker Little (Original Album plus Bonus Tracks - 1960), Love Caught, Man At His Leisure

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