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Al Hirt


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Other Nicknames include “Al (He’s the King!) Hirt” and “The Round Mound of Sound.”

Date of Birth: 7 November 1922, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Date of Death: 27 April 1999, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (liver cancer)

Height: 6’ 2” (1.88 m)

Alois Maxwell Hirt, known as “Al” or “Jumbo”, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of a police officer. At the age of six, he was given his first trumpet, which had been purchased at a local pawnshop. He would play in the Junior Police Band with the children of Alcide Nunez, and by the age of 16, Hirt was playing professionally, often with his friend Pete Fountain. During this time, he was hired to play at the local horse racing track, beginning a six-decade connection to the sport.

In 1940 Hirt went to Cincinnati, Ohio to study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Dr. Frank Simon (a former soloist with the John Philip Sousa Orchestra). After a stint as a bugler in the United States Army during World War II, Hirt performed with various Swing big bands, including those of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Ina Rae Hutton. In 1950 he became first trumpet and soloist with Horace Heidt’s Orchestra.

Hirt then returned to New Orleans, working with various Dixieland groups and leading his own bands. Despite Hirt’s statement years later “I’m not a jazz trumpet and never was a jazz trumpet” he made a few recordings where he demonstrated ability to play in that style during the 1950s, notably with bandleader Monk Hazel and a few other recordings on the local Southland Records label.


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  • pauliscooler

    such a bo$$

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • grossy2

    That's gotta hurt!

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • Theeboon

    This guy owns.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
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    27 Jul 2010 Reply
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    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • gbwooden

    Java, Sugar Lips, and Cotton Candy were big hits during the early 60s on our local radio. I Love Paris really highlights his range, technique and big sound.

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Babylonian

    yeah, I doubt Green Hornet is actually his most popular song of all-time. my guess is it has entirely to do with the listening habits of the general audience.

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • rfwebster

    Like how green hornet dwarfs everything else

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • quickSS

    The King! Al Hurt was the master of tone, technique, power, timing, endurance, intonation. Trumpeters new and old still "drop-jaw" when listening to The King. Get any and all of his recordings if at all possible. /preach mode off.....

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • boroboro222

    Hi to all! i just found a place where to download acid jazz mp3 to hard drive jazzzinggg ;)

    24 Dec 2008 Reply
  • oldfisherman

    green hornet is the same of harry james flight of bumble bee these are best players try to listen to harry james.everybody must heat the voıce of trumpet ant these people

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Akerfeldtrise

    Green Hornet is a great song!

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • bubble12

    Soul in the horn... One of the best cds ever.

    2 May 2008 Reply
  • nHyena

    I wonder how red Al Hirt's face got when making Green Hornet.

    17 Mar 2007 Reply
  • ostego

    Al Hirt's similar artists radio is virtually Kill Bill scores shuffled together. :I

    7 Mar 2007 Reply
  • comlag225

    I gotta say Green Hornet is one hell of a horn peice.

    15 Apr 2006 Reply