b. George Dorman Carry, 23 January 1915, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, d. 4 August 1970, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a musical family, Carry was first trained by his mother and then at music colleges in Chicago. He worked with various bands in Chicago, playing both clarinet and alto saxophone. Among the leaders with whom he played were Lucky Millinder, Zutty Singleton, Roy Eldridge and Art Tatum. At the start of the 40s he joined Earl Hines for a long spell during which he played lead alto and also acted as the band’s straw boss. In 1947 he left the Hines band and also left full-time music, turning to law. After studying law, he passed his bar examination and established a practice in Chicago, eventually rising to prominence with the Illinois state legislature. Carry (whose name is sometimes misspelled as Carey) was a good section player and a compelling soloist with an imaginative and questing mind.
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