John Kirby

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Birthday
31, 1908
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Jun 14, 1952 (43)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
31, 1908
Birthplace
Virginia
Death Date
Jun 14, 1952 (43)

About

Multi-instrumentalist and 1993 inductee into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

He played trombone until his instrument was stolen, then he switched to tuba. He had his first noteworthy gig in Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra.

Trivia

He was known for his chamber jazz, a lighter and more classical take on the genre.

Family Life

He was married to Maxine Sullivan.

Associated With

After his sextet called the Onyx Club Boys was reduced in size due to the war and tuberculosis, Kirby and the remaining members worked with Sarah Vaughan.