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Alois Maxwell Hirt
November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999

Al Hirt called “Jumbo” by his friends was also know as “The King”. Al is ofter credited to making New Orleans Dixieland Band music popular after WWll.
Al’s father, a New Orleans policeman bought young Al a trumpet at a pawn shop. Hirt began performing professionally at the age of 16. He then attended the Cinncinati Conservatory of Music and after that served in the military during World War 2. After the war, he played with swing bands of Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and others. He returned to New Orleans and began leading his own band

In his rise to fame in mainstream USA he performed Java on the Ed Sullivan Show 1963. Al’s fine trumpet sound and masterful dexterity led to his quick rise to popularity. .He was credited to bringing New Orleans music to national prominance. He was highy regarded for his musical ability. President Clinton as a teenager made a pilgramage to Al’s Bourbon Street Club to hear him perform. Al’s club was a distination for celebrities and tourists for years. Al was a minority holder and founder of the NFL team the New Orleans Saints. Al was credited with the clubs name the ‘Saints’

Among Al’s accomplishments: World’s Top Trumpeter (15 different years) by Playboy magazineAl recorded more than 50 albums in his career, and played for millions of people around the world Artist of the Year by the Music Operators of America Grammy Performed for 5 presidents Lifetime Achievement Award from the Charlie “Bird” Parker Memorial Foundation When Pope John Paul II visited New Orleans in 1987, Al played Handel’s “Ave Maria” for him.

An Al Hirt quote:  “I’m not a jazz trumpet and never was a jazz trumpet” Al liked melodies. 

 

DISCOGRAPHY: 
1957 Al Hirt and His New Orleans All Stars
1957 At The Jazz Band Ball
1957 Blockbuster Dixie!
1958 Al Hirt: Swingin’ Dixie
At Dan’s Pier 600

1959 Al Hirt: Swingin’ Dixie
At Dan’s Pier 600

1960 Al (He’s The King) Hirt
1961 The Greatest Horn In The World (with Henri Rene)
1961 Al (He’s The King) Hirt And His Band
1962 At The Mardi Gras
1962 Horn A-Plenty
1962 Our Man In New Orleans
1962 Trumpet and Strings
1963 Honey In The Horn
1963 Al Hirt In New Orleans
1964 Sugar Lips
1964 Cotton Candy
1964 Beauty and The Beard
1964 The Dawn Busters
1964 “Pop” Goes The Trumpet
(Holiday For Brass)

1965 Honey In The Horn
1965 Live At Carnegie Hall
1965 (?) The Sounds of Christmas
1966 Best of Al Hirt
1966 Best of Al Hirt, Volume 2
1966 They’re Playing Our Song 
1966 Horn Meets Hornet
1966 Happy Trumpet
1967 Soul In The Horn
1967 Music To Watch Girls By
1967 Latin In The Horn
1967 Struttin’ Down Royal Street
1967/68 Al Hirt Country

1968 Hirt Plays Kaempfert
1968 Unforgettable
1969 Paint Your Wagon
1969 Here In My Heart
1970 Al Hirt
1970 Al’s Place
1970 This Is Al Hirt
1975 Super Jazz, Vol. 1
1976 Al Hirt: Swingin’ Dixie
1986 Best of  Al Hirt, with Pete Fountain
1987 Blues Line
1988 That’s A Plenty
1988 Super Jazz (reissue)
1989 Jazzin’ At The Pops
1989 All Time Greatest Hits
1991 Raw Sugar, Sweet Sauce 
1991 Al’s Place
1992 Have A Merry Little Christmas
1992 Sound of Christmas
1996 Brassman’s Holiday
1996 Al Hirt
1996 Showtime
1996 Al (He’s the King) Hirt and His Band
1996 Horn-A-Plenty (note: was originally released in 1962)
1996 Trumpet and Strings
1996 Beauty and The Beard
1996 Pop Goes The Trumpet
1996 That Honey Horn Sound 1996 They’re Playing Our Song
1996 Al Hirt Live on Bourbon Street
1996 Happy Trumpet
1996 Music To Watch Girls By
1996 Al Hirt Plays Bert Kaempfert
1996 New Orleans By Bourbon Street
1996 27 Greatest Trumpet
1996 Rainy Night In Georgia
1998 Al’s Bliss