Earl Swope

Earl Bowman Swope, born August 4, 1923, Hagerstown, Maryland, and died January 2, 1968, in Washington, D.C., was an American jazz trombonist. He was the elder brother of Rob Swope. Swope was a member of Sonny Dunham’s 1942 band, and then he played with Boyd Raeburn (1943-1944), Georgie Auld (1945), Buddy Rich (1945-1947). He recorded with Woody Herman from 1947 to 1949, as well as small groups with Stan Getz (and Serge Chaloff). He was in 1950-51 with Elliot Lawrence, and then he worked as a freelancer in New York City, Washington, D.C., and later in the 1950s, he returned to big band work, performing with Jimmy Dorsey (1957), and Louie Bellson (59). He played in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s.

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