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Charlie Shavers


Charlie Shavers was among the great trumpeters to emerge through the golf swing period, a virtuoso with an open-minded and extroverted design plus a strong love of life. He originally performed piano and banjo before switching to trumpet, and he created rapidly. In 1935, he was with Tiny Bradshaw’s music group and 2 yrs later he became a member of Lucky Millinder’s big music group. Quickly afterward he became an integral person in John Kirby’s Sextet where he demonstrated his flexibility by mainly playing sharp solos while muted. Shavers was popular for recording classes and participated on significant times with New Orleans jazz pioneers Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone, and Sidney Bechet. He also got many opportunities to create preparations for Kirby and got a major strike with his structure “Undecided.” After departing Kirby in 1944, Charlie Shavers worked well to get a yr with Raymond Scott’s CBS personnel orchestra, and was a significant section of Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra from 1945 until previous TD’s loss of life in 1956. Although well-featured, this association held Shavers from the limelight of jazz, but luckily he did possess occasional vacations where he recorded using the Metronome All-Stars and toured with Jazz in the Philharmonic; in the latter’s concerts in 1953, Shaver’s trumpet fights with Roy Eldridge had been quite thrilling. After Dorsey’s loss of life, Shavers frequently led his personal quartet although he returned towards the ghost music group every once in awhile. Through the 1960s, his range and technique steadily faded, and Charlie Shavers passed away from throat cancer tumor in 1971 at age 53.

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Date Of Birth August 3, 1920
Profession Composer, Trumpeter, Music Arranger
Nationality American
Music Groups Mills Blue Rhythm Band
Music Songs Undecided, Dizzy’s Dilemma, Serenade to a Pair of Nylons, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Royal Garden Blues, Zooming at the Zombie, Dawn On The Desert, Story Of The Jazz Trumpet, She's Funny That Way, Prelude for Trumpet, Rose Room, Moten Swing, Blues For Choo Loos, C.O.B.A.R. Blues, Echoes of Harlem, Opus 5, Girl of My Dreams, Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm, The Peanut Vendor, Man With A Horn, Blues Petite, Coquette, Blue Fantasy, Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby, The Best Things In Life Are Free, It Feels Good, Beethoven Riffs On, Front and Center, I Love Paris, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Windy, But Beautiful
Albums Blue Stompin', Gershwin, Shavers and Strings, Charlie Digs Paree, Horn O' Plenty, Like Charlie, The Last Session, A Famous Jazz Party 1958 (Live), Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm (Digitally Remastered), The Complete Charlie Shavers with Maxine Sullivan, Complete at Midnight & at Riverside Sessions, Jam Sessions Vol. 1 (1952, Four Classic Albums Plus (Tribute to Andy Razaf / Horn O'plenty / The Most Intimate / Blue Stompin') [Remastered], Charlie Shavers: Shavers Shivers, El Caballo Loco De Paris, Jazz Foundations Vol. 13, I Found My Mama / I'll See You in September (Digital 45), Jazz Party Live Volume 1, Jumping With Charlie Ventura, Jazz Figures / Charlie Shavers (1938-1941), Music From "Milk & Honey", The Last Session (Bordeaux, 1970) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions], The Charlie Shavers And Ray Bryant Quartet Complete Recordings, Horn O'plenty (Remastered), I Forgot to Remember, Charlie Shavers and The Blues Singers 1938-1939, Sweet Georgia Brown (The Best Of), Swing Along With Charlie Shavers, À Paris (Mono Version), The Charlie Shavers Quartet, Dark Eyes, True Jazz (Mono Version) [feat. Al Hall, Remo Palmieri, Specs Powell, America All Stars], The Finest Of Charlie Shavers, Complete Jazz Series 1944 - 1945, It Feels Good, The Most Intimate (2014 Remastered Version), The Most Intimate (Remastered), Here Comes Charlie (Digitally Remastered), The One and Only: Charlie Shavers, Deluxe Series Volume 67 (Bethlehem Collection) : Complete, Charlie Shavers - Volume 1, Swingville Volume 39: Hawk Eyes, Echoes of Harlem, Royal Garden Blues, Trumpet Masters, The Everest Years: Charlie Shavers, Jumpin' In - Jazz Trumpet, Undecided, Blue Stompin' (Mono Version) [feat. R. Bryant, W. Marshall, O. Johnson], Windy, Swinging Trumpet, Deluxe Series Volume 27 (Bethlehem Collection): Gershwin, Shavers and Strings
Movies Benny Goodman: Live at Basin Street East

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