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Jazz Trumpeter Snooky Young Dies

Trumpeter who performed with Tonight Show band, Count Basie, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band was 92

Snooky Young
Snooky Young performing with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at the 2010 Playboy Jazz Festival

Eugene “Snooky” Young, a trumpeter who was a mainstay in many prominent jazz big bands and orchestras, died on May 11. He was 92 years old. Young was the quintessential lead trumpeter, expert in hitting high notes as well as using the plunger to great effect.

Young was born on Feb. 3, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio. In a 2006 profile in JT, Young told writer Don Heckman that he grew up surrounded by music in his large family and was playing an instrument by the time he was 5. The family even had a band called the Snappy Six.

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