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Remembering Al Sears

“Big Al” Sears was born February 21, 1910 in Macomb Il. While less known and than some of his contemporaries, he nonetheless had an acclaimed career.

In his first pro gig, he replaced Johnny Hodges. When he joined Duke Ellington’s band, he replaced Ben Webster. Later in the 1950s, he joined forces with famous DJ and promoter Alan Freed, being featured in the early days of rock and roll.

Sears was also an entrepreneur, founding his own music publishing company and composing several notable hits.

As we remember Al Sears on his birthday, we celebrate one of the lesser-known, but notable sax players.

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