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date: 05 April 2020

Grey, Al locked

(6 June 1925 – 24 Mar. 2000),
  • Scott Yanow


jazz trombonist, was born in Aldie, Virginia, and grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. His father played brass instruments and saxophone, while his mother was a pianist and a church organist. Grey played baritone horn with the Goodwill Boys Band, which his father directed, when he was four. A few years later when he switched to trombone, his first teacher was his father.

Grey served in the navy during World War II (1942–1945), playing with a navy dance band. On the day that he was discharged in 1945, he joined the Benny Carter Orchestra. Grey recorded with Carter in a group called the Chocolate Dandies and with his big band. After a year with Carter, Grey worked with the Jimmie Lunceford big band (1946–1947 A talented swing trombonist who considered his early influence to be Trummy Young Grey developed a style in which his interval ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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