- David E. Spies
composer and musician, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Edward Ayler, a semiprofessional violinist and tenor saxophonist, and Myrtle Hunter. Albert and his brother Donald, who later became a professional jazz trumpet player, received musical training early in life from their father. In second grade Albert performed alto saxophone recitals in school. He performed duets with his father (who also played alto saxophone) in church. Together they listened to a great deal of swing and bebop music, both on recordings and at jazz concerts.
From age ten to age eighteen Ayler attended Cleveland's Academy of Music, taking jazz lessons from Benny Miller Throughout his mid teenage years Ayler performed in young jazz and rhythm and blues bands He also was a captain of his high school golf team at the time Cleveland s golf courses were largely segregated While in high school Ayler spent ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.