Known for movies

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DiedOctober 4, 1999, New York City, New York, United States
FactJazz flugelhornist and trumpeter.

Art Farmer (August 21, 1928 – October 4, 1999) was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He played in the bebop and hard bop idioms. He is best known for his collaborations with trombonist and composer Benny Golson, including the Jazztet.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Farmer moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was a child. He began playing the trumpet at the age of eleven. He studied at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and then at the Juilliard School.

Farmer’s first professional gig was with the Chico Hamilton Quintet in 1950. He went on to play with a number of well-known jazz musicians, including Miles Davis, Horace Silver, and Thelonious Monk. He also played in the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

In the 1960s, Farmer became a member of the Jazztet, a jazz sextet co-led by Benny Golson and John Lewis. The group recorded several albums and toured extensively.

In the 1970s, Farmer formed his own band, Art Farmer’s International Quartet. The group toured extensively and recorded several albums.

Farmer’s later years were marked by a series of health problems, including cancer. He died in New York City in 1999.

Art Farmer was one of the most influential jazz trumpeters of his generation. He was a master of both the bebop and hard bop styles, and he was also a skilled composer and bandleader. His work with the Jazztet was particularly influential, and his recordings with Benny Golson are considered classics of the genre.

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Full NameArt Farmer
DiedOctober 4, 1999, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionComposer, Trumpeter, Killer Joe, Whisper Not, Soulsides
EducationJefferson High School


SiblingsAddison Farmer


Music GroupsThe Jazztet
MoviesRon Carter and Art Farmer: Live at Sweet Basil, Jazz Icons: Art Farmer: Live in '64, Art Farmer: Live at the Smithsonian

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1In 1989, he created a trumpet-flugelhorn hybrid, called 'flumpet', constructed for him by instrument maker David Monette.
2Had an identical twin brother, the double bass player Addison Farmer.
3Formed the Jazztet with Benny Golson in the late 1950's.
4Spent much time in Austria (after marrying a Viennese banker) becoming a member of the national radio big band.
5Worked in Los Angeles for a time as a hotel janitor and a hospital file clerk before joining Lionel Hampton's orchestra in 1952.
6Jazz flugelhornist and trumpeter.
7Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 2001.
8Jazz musician.


Music Department

The Executioner1975musician: flugelhorn
The Subterraneans1960musician: trumpet - uncredited
I Want to Live!1958jazz musician


I Want to Live!1958Jazz Combo Member


Carol2015writer: "Farmers Market" - as Farmer


Jim Hall: A Life in Progress1998DocumentaryHimself
Charlie Rose1995TV SeriesHimself
A Great Day in Harlem1994DocumentaryHimself
Ron Carter & Art Farmer: Live at Sweet Basil1991VideoHimself
Club Date1989TV SeriesHimself - Fluegelhornist
Jazz 6251964TV SeriesHimself
The Subterraneans1960Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself - Jazzset Leader / Himself - Jazz Musician
Jazz on a Summer's Day1959DocumentaryHimself
The Subject Is Jazz1958TV SeriesHimself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1958TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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