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Lamar Wright

b. 20 June 1907, Texarkana, Tx, USA, d. 13 Apr 1973, NEW YORK, NY, USA. Wright grew up in Kansas Town where he used the trumpet. In his mid-teens he used Bennie Moten’s music group, sticking to the group until 1927 when he became a member of the Missourians. With this music group he found New York, staying with the music group through its metamorphosis in to the Cab Calloway orchestra. Within the 40s he used Don Redman, Claude Hopkins, Calloway once again, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder among others. Wright was also popular for program and studio function so when a teacher. Through the 50s these actions occupied a lot of his period although he still performed jazz gigs with Count number Basie, Sauter-Finegan among others, and worked well briefly by the end of the 10 years with a music group structured by George Shearing. Wright’s specialized mastery as well as the simplicity and fluency of his playing produced him a appreciated and respected person in the jazz community. His abilities were offered to many additional trumpeters through his teaching and specifically to his sons. Lammar Wright Jnr. (1927-1983) performed trumpet with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Barnet. Elmon Wright (1929-1984) also performed trumpet with Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Earl Bostic, Friend High and Milt Jackson.

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