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Art Farmer


ART FARMER (trumpeter, bandleader) was born August 21, 1928 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and passed away October 4, 1999. The bop era musician, known for his rich, mellow sound worked with Jay McShann and Benny Carter early in his career, while based in Los Angeles. After a European tour with Lionel Hampton in the early 1950s – he settled in New York, working with Gigi Gryce, Horace Silver and Gerry Mulligan before joining with Benny Golson to form the Jazztet (1959-62) - featuring the burgeoning talents of McCoy Tyner and Curtis Fuller . In the 1960s he took up flugelhorn and performed in a quartet with Jim Hall, later chosing Austria as a base but continuing to tour, perform and record extensively.