We remember jazz musician Art Farmer. He died on Monday at the age of 71 from heart failure. Farmer was an important second-generation be-bop musician, and also known for his warm tone and lovely ballads on the trumpet and fluegelhorn. He worked with bands led by Wardell Gray, Horace Silver, and Gerry Mulligan. In the 1950s he formed the Jazztet, a sextet with saxophonist Benny Golson, and they wrote many compositions together. (REBROADCAST from 7/21/87)
Flugelhorn and trumpet player Art Farmer. This month the National Endowment for the Arts named him one of its 1999 American Jazz Masters. He joins such previous honorees as Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan. Born in 1928 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Art Farmer made his first record in 1948 as a sideman with Kansas-City legend Jay McShann.
While he was still a teenager the musician moved with his twin brother from Phoenix to Los Angeles to find work as a jazz musician. His career later took him to New York and, eventually, Vienna, where he has lived for several years. He has recently reunited his old group, the Jazztet, with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson.