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August 21, 1928 - October 4, 1999


Art Farmer is featured performing with his quartet utilizing the "flumpet", a custom instrument crossed between a trumpet and flugelhorn.

“Blue Monk,” composed by Thelonious Monk, has become one of the melodies most associated with the piano great.


Art Farmer, flumpet
Fred Hersh, piano
Dennis Irwin, bass
Billy Hart, drums

Born in 1928 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Art Farmer cycled through a number of musical instruments in his adolescence including the piano and tuba before settling on cornet and trumpet when he was thirteen.

Finding the musical education in segregated public schools of the day useless he taught himself to read music and moved to Los Angles along with his twin brother bassist Addison Farmer in 1945.

In California the brothers attended the music-oriented Jefferson High School and had an opportunity to met other developing musicians like Sonny Criss, Ed Thigpen, and Big Jay McNeely.

Art left school for a short lived tour with a band led by Johnny Otis and went on to make his fist recorded appearance in L.A. during the Summer of 1948 under the leadership of Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson.

Joining the "Lionel Hampton Orchestra" in 1952 he toured Europe and relocated to New York the following year where he built a reputation as a premier trumpeter of bebop.

In 1959 Art Farmer formed his "Jazztet" with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson.

Continuing to tour Europe frequently he moved there in 1968 ultimately settling in Vienna but would return to New York to perform beginning in the early 1990s.

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