Al Sears

Real Name:
Albert Omega Sears
Profile:
American jazz saxophonist (tenor and baritone) and bandleader.
Born : February 21, 1910 in Macomb, Illinois.
Died : March 23, 1990 in New York City, New York.

His first important professional engagement found Al Sears in Chick Webb's orchestra (1928) replacing Johnny Hodges. Following that he played with Elmer Snowden (1931-32) and between 1933 and 1941 Sears was the leader of his own groups. He then united with Andy Kirk's orchestra (1941-42) and with Lionel Hampton (1943-44). In 1944 he replaced Ben Webster in Duke Ellington's orchestra where Sears became one of its greatest soloists. Sears left Duke in 1949 and was replaced by Paul Gonsalves. Sears then played with Johnny Hodges (1951-52) and then enjoyed a long career as leader of his own bands, playing Jazz, R&B and Rock & Roll. He died in 1990.
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Albums

Al Sears - Swing's The Thing album art Al Sears Swing's The Thing (Album) Prestige Swingville, Prestige Swingville US 1960 Sell This Version
Al Sears - Rockin' In Rhythm album art The Swingville All-Stars* : Al Sears / Taft Jordan / Hilton Jefferson The Swingville All-Stars* : Al Sears / Taft Jordan / Hilton Jefferson - Rockin' In Rhythm (Album) Prestige Swingville US 1960 Sell This Version
NL-46032 Al Sears - Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra album art Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra Featuring Wini Brown With Larry Dale, George Clarke, Al Sears, Eddie Wilcox* Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra Featuring Wini Brown With Larry Dale, George Clarke, Al Sears, Eddie Wilcox* - Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra(LP, Mono, RE) RCA Victor, RCA NL-46032 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
OJCCD 838-2 Al Sears - Swing's The Thing  album art Al Sears Swing's The Thing (CD, Album) Prestige Swingville, Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 838-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Al Sears - Fascination album art Big Al Sears* Fascination (Single) Jubilee New Zealand 1957 Sell This Version
45-5303 Al Sears - Chicken Walk / So Glad album art Big Al Sears* Chicken Walk / So Glad(7") Jubilee 45-5303 US 1957 Sell This Version
GEP 8688 Al Sears - Al Sears All Stars No 2 album art Al Sears Al Sears All Stars No 2(7", EP) Parlophone GEP 8688 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-5327 Al Sears - Peacock Strut / Desert Inn album art Big Al Sears* Peacock Strut / Desert Inn(7") Jubilee 45-5327 US 1958 Sell This Version
Al Sears - Evelyn album art Marc Fredericks Orch.* Featuring 'Al' Sears* Marc Fredericks Orch.* Featuring 'Al' Sears* - Evelyn (Single) Arock Records US 1964 Sell This Version
KEP 141, EP-270 Al Sears Al Sears-All Stars Vol. 1(7", EP) King Records (3), King Records (3) KEP 141, EP-270 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-4489 Al Sears Now Ride The "D" Train(7") King Records (3) 45-4489 US Unknown Sell This Version
301 Al Sears - Crying album art Big Al Sears* Crying(7") Gator (2) 301 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

160422, N° 210 Al Sears - The Rocking & Honking Tenor album art Big Al Sears* The Rocking & Honking Tenor(CD, Comp, RM) EPM Musique, Jazz Archives (2) 160422, N° 210 France 2003 Sell This Version
900.267 Al Sears - Big Sound Tenors album art Julian Dash, Al Sears, Eddie Chamblee, Ben Webster Julian Dash, Al Sears, Eddie Chamblee, Ben Webster - Big Sound Tenors(LP, Comp) Riverboat 900.267 France Unknown Sell This Version