Julian Priester is an American jazz trombonist and
He has played with many artists including Sun Ra, Max
Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.
Priester attended Chicago's DuSable High School, where
he studied under Walter Dyett. In his teens he played with
blues and R&B artists such as Muddy Waters, Dinah
Washington, and Bo Diddley, and had the opportunity to jam
with jazz players like Max Roach, trumpeter Clifford Brown,
and saxophonist Sonny Stitt.
In the early 1950s Priester was a member of Sun Ra's big
band, recording several albums with the group before
leaving Chicago in 1956 to tour with Lionel Hampton