Don Albert

Don Albert (actually Anite Albert Dominique, * August 5, 1908 in New Orleans, Louisiana; † March 4, 1980 in San Antonio, Texas ) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.

Albert first played in the Parade Brass Bands of New Orleans jazz. In 1925 he toured with Alphonse Trent's band through the southwestern United States. From 1926 to 1929 he played with Troy Floyd in San Antonio, Texas; 1929 Albert headed a private large orchestra, which played mostly in Texas. This Territory band also appeared in Mexico, Canada and New York and played mostly the big hits of the swing bands of Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford and Andy Kirk as On the Sunny Side of the Street or Liza. Alberts Orchestra, since 1932 under the name of America's Greatest Swing Band was the first band that led the term " swing band " in the name. The most important musicians in his band, the 1930s were the trumpeter Alvin Alcorn, pianist Lloyd Glenn and clarinetist Herbie Hall. In 1936, some recordings were for Vocalion Records. With the end of the swing era waned, however, his success; In 1939 he dissolved his band. In the 1940s, Albert operated as a club owner. In 1949 he had an own band, with whom he played at the Palace Theatre in New York. In the 1950s, he again began to appear more, and played until the 1970s, with smaller formations. In 1966 he joined with Buddy Tate in New York and in 1969 at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Don Albert is a nephew of the New Orleans trumpeter Natty Dominique and a cousin of Barney Bigard.