Arthur Pryor

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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Arthur Pryor Discography

Albums

S388 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
LP-258 Rimsky-Korsakov*, Šulek*, Monti*, Pryor*, Kreisler*, Hindemith*, Berio* - Christian Lindberg - Roland Pöntinen Rimsky-Korsakov*, Šulek*, Monti*, Pryor*, Kreisler*, Hindemith*, Berio* - Christian Lindberg - Roland Pöntinen - The Virtuoso Trombone(LP, Album) BIS LP-258 Sweden 1984 Sell This Version
S451 Arthur Pryor Trombone Solos(LP, Album) Crystal Records (3) S451 US 1984 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

3304 Arthur Pryor You're So Good Daddy(Shellac, 7", S/Sided) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3304 US 1897 Sell This Version
3410 Higgns* & Pryor* Higgns* & Pryor* - Answer(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, 70 ) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3410 US 1897 Sell This Version
3412W Pryor* & Higgins* Pryor* & Higgins* - Nearer My God To Thee(Shellac, 7", S/Sided, 70 ) E. Berliner's Gramophone 3412W US 1898 Sell This Version
2593 Rogers* And Pryor* And Arthur Pryor's Band Rogers* And Pryor* And Arthur Pryor's Band - Miserere From Il Trovatore / Chant Sans Paroles (Song Without Words)(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 2593 US 1903 Sell This Version
16800 Corinne Morgan, Arthur Pryor Corinne Morgan, Arthur Pryor - Love's Old Sweet Song / Oh, Dry ThoseTears(Shellac, 10") Victor 16800 US 1904 Sell This Version
16794 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
35150 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
16317 Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel - The Three Solitaires / Hornpipe Medley(Shellac, 10", Bro) Victor 16317 US Unknown Sell This Version
4381 Arthur Pryor In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree(Shellac, 10", S/Sided) Victor 4381 US Unknown Sell This Version
16317 Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel Clarke*, Keneke* and Pryor* / John J. Kimmel - The Three Solitaires / Hornpipe Medley(Shellac, 10", Bro) Victor 16317 Canada Unknown Sell This Version