Eugene Edward Young, Jr.
1919 - 2011
Eugene Edward “Snooky” Young, Jr. was born into a musical family in Dayton. He played first trumpet with the Dunbar High School Band and with the Wilberforce Collegiate Band at the same time. He left school to play with the Chick Carter Band and later became lead trumpeter for the Jimmie Lunceford Band. In the 1940’s, he worked with Les Hite, Benny Carter and Gerald Wilson, as well as the Count Basie Band. For ten years, he had his own band and w weekly local TV show while continuing to perform periodically with Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. In 1962, he moved to New York and began his longest engagement as trumpeter for the Doc Severinsen Band on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He moved to Los Angeles to continue the Tonight Show and was with the show for 30 years. In 2009, Young was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.