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Donald Clayborn Sleet was an American jazz trumpeter. He was a member of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars and Lenny McBrowne and the Four Souls. Widely considered a gifted musician, compared to the likes of Art Farmer and Kenny Dorham, Sleet had a short career as a result of his drug abuse, recording only one album as a leader. Sleet was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on November 27, 1938. His father was a music teacher at school from whom he began to take lessons at age nine.[2] His family moved to San Diego, California, when he was ten years old. There he took piano lessons for four years before taking up the trumpet


Article: Book Review

Don Sleet

Read "Don Sleet" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Don Sleet Nicolas Rabel Ideo-Libris 2013 The electronic book, or the ebook, is one of the most significant innovations in publishing of the past three decades. It is versatile, saving cost and space. The French online publisher, Ideo-Libris has taken this concept one step further. The brainchild of children's author Armelle ...


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"My Brother, Don Sleet"

"My Brother, Don Sleet"

Last week I posted about star-crossed trumpeter Don Sleet [pictured] and his sole leadership album All Members. Within an hour after my post went up, a reader sent along an email suggesting that I alert Don's brother, David Sleet. So I sent along a note to the email address the reader provided. David responded shortly, saying ...


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Don Sleet: All Members

Don Sleet: All Members

There are a number of highly talented jazz musicians from the late 1950s who can't really be called great because they recorded too few albums. In some cases these musicians never had an opportunity to record extensively. Or they came up too late and were trampled by the rock era in the mid-1960s. Or they succumbed ...


Article: Album Review

Don Sleet: All Members

Read "All Members" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Jazz, like any commercial art form, is a proving ground populated by far more practitioners than actually make the cut. The analogy of an iceberg is apropos. For every musician whose talent rises above the sea of public opinion’s surface there are literally thousands of others that toil away in obscurity beneath the waves. In the ...


All Members

Label: Jazzland Recordings
Released: 1961
Track listing: Brooklyn Bridge; Secret Love; Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise; Fast Company; But Beautiful; All Members; The Hearing.


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