Dizzy Reece

Alphonso Son “Dizzy,” Reece, a hard bop jazz trumpeter who was born 5 January 1931 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is known for his distinctive sound and unique compositional style. Reece was the son of a silent-film pianist and was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 5 January 1931. Reece attended Alpha Boys School, which is well-known in Jamaica for its musical alumni. He switched from baritone to trumpet when he was 14. He was a full-time musician since age 16. He moved to London in 1948, and spent most of the 1950s in Europe. He was among many others who played with Don Byas and Kenny Clarke as well as Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He won praise from Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and others, and emigrated to New York City in 1958. However, he found New York difficult in the 1960s. Reece released a number of critically acclaimed Blue Note records, which were reissued by Mosaic in 2004. This gave the fans hope for a comeback. Reece is still active as a musician, writer, and has recorded with Victor Feldman and Tubby Hayes. He also played with Ted Curson, Ted Gordon, Clifford Jordan’s Big Band, Clifford Jordan’s Big Band, Clifford Jordan, Clifford Jordan and Duke Jordan. Wikipedia

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