1950 to 2000
November 7, 1922 in New Orleans
April 27, 1999
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Other Nicknames include "Al (He's the King!) Hirt" and "The Round Mound of Sound." Date of Birth: 7 November 1922, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Date of Death: 27 April 1999, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (liver cancer) Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m) Alois Maxwell Hirt, known as "Al" or "Jumbo", was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of a police officer. At the age of six, he was given his first trumpet, which had been purchased at a local pawnshop. He would play in the Junior Police Band with the children of Alcide Nunez, and by the age of 16, Hirt was playing professionally, often with his friend Pete Fountain.
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