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Gus Aiken

Born: Jul 26, 1902

Death: Apr 1, 1973

Birthplace: Charleston

Nationality: United States

Gus Aiken

Date of Birth : Jul 26, 1902
Date of Death : Apr 1, 1973
Birth Place : Charleston

Augustus "Gus" Aiken was an early jazz trumpeter who also did blues. He started with the Jenkins Orphanage band. He was first recorded professionally in 1919. In the 1920s he worked with several groups, but his best known work would be with Louis Armstrong. He went on to play with Sid Catlett, Roy Eldridge, and Elmer Snowden before his career declined. The end of the Big Band era and the rise of rock and roll is seen as causing the decline. His name is often incorrectly spelled as "Gus Aitken."

Also known as


  • Aiken, Gus
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