Personalities | Art Farmer | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Trumpet, flugelhorn, 1928–99)
Art Farmer was largely responsible for popularizing the mellow-toned flugelhorn as a solo jazz instrument. A wonderfully lyrical player, he came up in Los Angeles’ Central Avenue jazz clubs in the 1940s and worked with Lionel Hampton, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan and alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce. In 1959–62 he and tenor saxophonist Benny Golson led the Jazztet, which had a hit with ‘Killer Joe’. Farmer was based in Europe from 1968 onwards.
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