Arthur Pryor

Real Name:
Arthur Willard Pryor
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Trombone virtuoso and bandleader (September 22, 1870 - June 18, 1942)

Having played about 10,000 solos in his career, Arthur Pryor was known as the "Paganini of the trombone". His playing expressed a lyricism coupled with dazzling technique that was perhaps unequaled for his time. Pryor came to the Sousa's Band as trombone soloist in 1892, leaving a position as conductor of the Stanley Opera Company. He became the star attraction of Sousa's Band, also serving as assistant conductor from 1895 to 1902.

In 1903, the last year he played with Sousa before resigning to form his own band, Pryor was a part of the Sousa's Band's European tour. His solo performances were most favorably received.

As director of his own band, he made six nationwide tours between 1903 and 1909 before settling in to less stringent engagements at Asbury Park, New Jersey, Willow Park Grove, New Jersey, and Royal Palm Park, Miami, Florida. He retired in 1933. Pryor made some 1000 recordings with his band before 1930. He also directed the Sousa's Band in several recordings, even after he had left the group.
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Albums

S388 Arthur Pryor - Sonata For Trombone And Piano / Hymn And Fuguing Tune No. 13 / Elegy For Mippy II / Sonata For Trombone And Piano / Annie Laurie (Air Varie) / Tres Psalmi Davidis (For Soprano And Trombone) album art Ronald Borror With Lucy Shelton, Edmund Niemann - Halsey Stevens / Henry Cowell / Leonard Bernstein / Otto Luening / Arthur Pryor / Karl Kroeger Ronald Borror With Lucy Shelton, Edmund Niemann - Halsey Stevens / Henry Cowell / Leonard Bernstein / Otto Luening / Arthur Pryor / Karl Kroeger - Sonata For Trombone And Piano / Hymn And Fuguing Tune No. 13 / Elegy For Mippy II / Sonata For Trombone And Piano / Annie Laurie (Air Varie) / Tres Psalmi Davidis (For Soprano And Trombone)(LP, Album) Crystal Records (5) S388 US 1982 Sell This Version
S451 Arthur Pryor - Trombone Solos album art Arthur Pryor Trombone Solos(LP, Album) Crystal Records (5) S451 US 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3304 Arthur Pryor - You're So Good Daddy album art Arthur Pryor You're So Good Daddy(Shellac, 7", S/Sided) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3304 US 1897 Sell This Version
3410 Arthur Pryor - Answer album art Higgns* & Pryor* Higgns* & Pryor* - Answer(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, 70 ) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3410 US 1897 Sell This Version
3412W Arthur Pryor - Nearer My God To Thee album art Pryor* & Higgins* Pryor* & Higgins* - Nearer My God To Thee(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, 70 ) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3412W US 1898 Sell This Version
A-311 Arthur Pryor - The Blue Bells Of Scotland album art Arthur Pryor The Blue Bells Of Scotland(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, Single) Improved Gram-O-Phone Record A-311 US 1901 Sell This Version
727 Arthur Pryor - I Can't Tell You Why I Love You, But I Do album art Arthur Pryor I Can't Tell You Why I Love You, But I Do(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Monarch Record 727 US 1901 Sell This Version
2593 Arthur Pryor - Cheerfulness album art Rogers* And Pryor* And Arthur Pryor's Band Rogers* And Pryor* And Arthur Pryor's Band - Cheerfulness(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 2593 US 1903 Sell This Version
4582 Arthur Pryor - Dearie  album art Arthur Pryor Dearie (Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4582 US 1905 Sell This Version
4381 Arthur Pryor - In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree album art Arthur Pryor In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4381 US 1905 Sell This Version
16794 Arthur Pryor - Miserere From Il Trovatore / Chant Sans Paroles (Song Without Words) album art Rogers* And Pryor* / Vienna Quartet Rogers* And Pryor* / Vienna Quartet - Miserere From Il Trovatore / Chant Sans Paroles (Song Without Words)(Shellac, 10") Victor 16794 US 1910 Sell This Version
31106 Arthur Pryor - Cujus Animam - Stabat Mater album art Arthur Pryor Cujus Animam - Stabat Mater(Shellac, 12", S/Sided, RE) Victor 31106 US 1912 Sell This Version
35150 Arthur Pryor - Serenade / Aida—The Fatal Stone (Final Duet, Act IV) album art Louis Heine And Darius Lyons / Arthur Pryor And Emil Keneke Louis Heine And Darius Lyons / Arthur Pryor And Emil Keneke - Serenade / Aida—The Fatal Stone (Final Duet, Act IV)(Shellac, 12") Victor 35150 US 1914 Sell This Version
35157 Arthur Pryor - Stabat Mater - Cujus Animam / Chopin's Funeral March album art Arthur Pryor / Arthur Pryor's Band Arthur Pryor / Arthur Pryor's Band - Stabat Mater - Cujus Animam / Chopin's Funeral March(Shellac, 12", RP) Victor 35157 US 1915 Sell This Version
16317 Arthur Pryor - The Three Solitaires / Hornpipe Medley album art Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel - The Three Solitaires / Hornpipe Medley Victor 16317 US Unknown Sell This Version
16371 Arthur Pryor - Miserere From Il Trovatore / Spring Song album art Pryor* And Keneke* / Victor String Quartet Pryor* And Keneke* / Victor String Quartet - Miserere From Il Trovatore / Spring Song Victor 16371 US Unknown Sell This Version
V.M.-7020 Arthur Pryor - Forever album art Arthur Pryor Forever(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Gramophone Concert Record V.M.-7020 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CD451 Arthur Pryor - Trombone Soloist Of The Sousa Band album art Arthur Pryor Trombone Soloist Of The Sousa Band(CD, Comp) Crystal Records (5) CD451 US Unknown Sell This Version