Al Sears

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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Al Sears Discography

Albums

Al Sears Swing's The Thing (Album) Prestige Swingville US 1960 Sell This Version
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 Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra Featuring Wini Brown With Larry Dale, George Clarke (8), Al Sears, Eddie Wilcox* Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra Featuring Wini Brown With Larry Dale, George Clarke (8), Al Sears, Eddie Wilcox* - Cootie Williams And His Savoy Ballroom Orchestra(LP, Mono, RE) RCA Victor, RCA NL-46032 Spain 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Big Al Sears* Fascination (Single) Jubilee New Zealand 1957 Sell This Version
45-5303 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(7", EP) Parlophone GEP 8688 UK 1958 Sell This Version
45-5327 Big Al Sears* Peacock Strut / Desert Inn(7") Jubilee 45-5327 US 1958 Sell This Version
Marc Fredericks Orch.* Featuring 'Al' Sears* Marc Fredericks Orch.* Featuring 'Al' Sears* - Evelyn (Single) Arock Records US 1964 Sell This Version
45-4489 Al Sears Now Ride The "D" Train(7") King Records (3) 45-4489 US Unknown Sell This Version
301 Big Al Sears* Crying(7") Gator (2) 301 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

160422 Big Al Sears* The Rocking & Honking Tenor(CD, Comp, RM) EPM Musique 160422 France 2003 Sell This Version
900.267 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