Cat Anderson

Trumpet Player

Birthday September 12, 1916

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace South Carolina

DEATH DATE Apr 29, 1981 (64)

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Trumpeter and performer with Duke Ellington's orchestra known for his more than five octave range.

Before Fame

He learned how to play trumpet at the Jenkins Orphanage where he grew up; he first recorded with the Carolina Cotton Pickers.


He was known also for his half-valve, as well as plunger mute, playing styles.

Family Life

He lost both of his parents when he was four years old.

Associated With

He was referred to as one of the best high-note trumpet players by Wynton Marsalis.