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Alcorn, Alvin

Biography

Alvin Alcorn (September 7, 1912 – July 17, 2003) was an American New Orleans jazz trumpeter. Alcorn was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He learned music from his brother, though not much is known about his youth. He played freelance in New Orleans in the late 1920s and early 1930s; he appears with Armand J. Piron's Sunny South Syncopators in 1930-31.

He toured with Don Albert from 1932-37, but this ensemble only did one recording date and Alcorn does not solo on it. He returned to New Orleans in 1937, playing in the groups of Paul Barbarin, Sidney Desvigne, Oscar Celestin (1951), and Octave Crosby. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1954, where he played with Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band between 1954-56. Returning once again to New Orleans, he played regularly in local ensembles, and occasionally accompanied bands such as Chris Barber's on tours of Europe. He was a member of Louis Cottrell, Jr.'s Heritage Hall Jazz Band. Alcorn performed with the Olympia Brass Band on the soundtrack to the James Bond film Live and Let Die, and has a bit part as a killer in the film. Alcorn recorded steadily after his dates with Ory, but many of them were released on small-issue labels with poor sound quality. Furthermore, Alcorn's abilities faded as he aged, and so he is primarily remembered for his time as a soloist with Ory.




Recordings

Ory, Kid / Alcorn, Alvin / Barbarin, Paul: Sounds Of New Orleans Vol. 3

SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS - 2 CD BOX Storyville is proud to announce the release of a new series called Sounds Of New Orleans. This is the third of 3 double CDs The series will present many of the famous New Orleans musicians in different combinations. You will hear Kid Ory, George Lewis, Alvin Alcorn Johnny Wiggs, George Girard, Percy Humphrey, Sharkey Bonano, Lee Collins, Oscar Papa Celestin, Paul Barbarin, Albert Burbank, Wilbur De Paris, Lizzie Miles and many more. Except for recordings with Kid Ory and George Lewis all sessions are recorded in New Orleans. It was Joe Mares who opened the Southland Studio in New Orleans and began to record the local musicians when he found out that there were so many talented musicians in New Orleans. Joe Mares’ enterprise is recorded proof that the best of Dixieland jazz still comes from New Orleans. SOUND OF NEW ORLEANS Volume 3 The third double CD in this serie features Albert Burbank with Kid Ory and his Creole Jazzband, Paul Babarin and his Jazzband, Johnny Wiggs’ New Orleans Boys, Sharkey Bonano, Alvin Alcorn and George Girard. The record...