b. Albert Dominique, 5 August 1908, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. January 1980, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Albert began playing trumpet as a child, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Natty Dominique. Albert played in several bands in his home town, including parade bands, and in other parts of the south during the 20s. At the end of the decade he formed his own band, which became enormously successful in Texas and the south. Although drawing largely upon New Orleans musicians for his personnel, Albert’s musical policy owed much to developments in big band music during the early 30s. Although the band played mostly in Texas, it did make occasional trips along the eastern seaboard of the USA. Active throughout most of the 30s, Albert concentrated on working in Texas and the south east and consequently did not have an impact on the public at large. In the 40s, Albert, who had given up playing trumpet to concentrate on leading, continued to form bands. From the 50s onwards, he played occasionally in Texas. Only infrequently recorded, Albert enjoyed a high reputation among musicians for his fluent playing and skilled leadership.
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