Charlie Shavers Profile: Sunday, 23 March at 2pm

Join us from 2-7pm Sunday March 23 for an in depth profile on Jazz trumpeter Charlie Shavers hosted by Charles Iselin. Born August 3, 1920 in New York, Shavers was a master musician in the line of Roy Eldridge. He spent his early life playing in bands in the New York and Philadelphia areas where he met and befriended a young Dizzy Gillespie. He made his first recordings with The Mills Blue Rhythm Band under the direction of Lucky Millinder then played in various small groups in New York. Shavers rose to fame as the trumpeter for John Kirby’s Sextet. As a trained musician he also contributed many compositions and arrangements for the band such as “Undecided” which would go on to become a well-known Jazz standard. After leaving the group he joined Tommy Dorsey as a star soloist and made recordings in 1944 and 1945 that were important to the early development of BeBop. We will examine his career through his recordings with Kirby, Maxine Sullivan, Dorsey, Coleman Hawkins, Cozy Cole, Roy Eldridge and in his own groups. Shavers passed away 2 days after his friend Louis Armstrong in July of 1971.