Karl George

Karl Curtis George (April 26, 1913 – May 1978) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Early in his career George played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1933) and Cecil Lee. Later in the 1930s he spent time in the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra and then in the orchestras of Teddy Wilson (1939–40) and Lionel Hampton (1941-42). He served in the Army in 1942-43, then moved to California and played with Stan Kenton (1943), Benny Carter (1944), Count Basie (1945), and Happy Johnson (1946). He led his own group on record in 1945-46, and played in sessions led by Charles Mingus, Slim Gaillard, Oscar Pettiford, Dinah Washington, and Lucky Thompson. George retired from music after the late 1940s due to ill health.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 6th, 1913 (St. Louis), Died May 1st, 1978

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 63122 10-in. 1/3/1938 Georgianna Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 63123 10-in. 1/3/1938 Blues in the dark Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70100 10-in. 12/24/1941 Just for you Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70101 10-in. 12/24/1941 Southern echoes Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70102 10-in. 12/24/1941 My wish Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70103 10-in. 12/24/1941 Nola Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70771 10-in. 5/26/1942 Now I know Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70772 10-in. 5/26/1942 Half a love is better than none Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70773 10-in. 5/26/1942 Flying home Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 70774 10-in. 5/26/1942 In the bag Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "George, Karl," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317459.

George, Karl. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317459.

"George, Karl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317459

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