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 Albert Ammons

Albert Ammons

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 2 Dec 1949 (aged 42)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section TLA,, Lot #122, Row SW 1/2
Memorial ID 6720705 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. He one of the big three of late-1930s boogie-woogie pianists along with Pete Johnson and Mede Lux Lewis. Arguably the most powerful of the three, he was also flexible enough to play swing music. Albert Ammons played in Chicago clubs from the 1920s on, although he also worked as a cab driver for a time. Starting in 1934, he led his own band in Chicago, and he made his first records in 1936. In 1938, he appeared at Carnegie Hall with Pete Johnson and Mede Lux Lewis, an event that really helped launch the boogie-woogie craze. Ammons recorded with the other pianists in duets and trios, fit right in with the Port of Harlem Jazzmen on their Blue Note session, appeared regularly at Cafe Society, recorded as a sideman with Sippie Wallace in the 1940s, and he even cut a session with his son, the great tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons. He worked steadily throughout the 1940s, playing at President Harry Truman's inauguration in 1949; he died later that year.

Bio by: Daniel L. Taylor Sr.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6720705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Ammons (23 Sep 1907–2 Dec 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6720705, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .