Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young
- Eugene Young redirects here. For the character from The Practice, see Eugene Young .
(February 3, 1919 – May 11, 2011) was an American jazz trumpeter
. He was known for his mastery of the plunger mute
, with which he was able to create a wide range of sounds.
Young was lead trumpeter of the Jimmie Lunceford
band from 1939 to 1942. He played with Count Basie
(three stints totalling eight years), Gerald Wilson
and Lionel Hampton
, among others, and was an original member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band
His longest engagement was with NBC
, where, as a studio trumpeter, he joined the Tonight Show Band
in 1967 and stayed with them until 1992, when the band was replaced by a new, smaller group.
He was also part of the touring ensemble that traveled with Doc Severinsen, performing live concert dates, corporate events, and headling shows in the main rooms of Las Vegas. The one nighters usually occurred on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, as Severinsen was committed to the Tonight Show on weeknights.
For the Las Vegas gigs, the nucleus of Severinsen's touring band (Young, Conductor Steve Thoma, and drummer Paul Line) would commute to Vegas nightly, leaving Van Nuys airport around 6:00pm via Lear Jet, arriving in Las Vegas by 7:00. A limousine would transport the musicians directly backstage, where they would dress & prepare for an 8:00 pm & midnight show. Then back to the... Read More