Gene Ammons

36.3K Plays
Hittin' The Jug (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)
Close Your Eyes (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ammons studied music with instructor Walter Dyett at DuSable High School. Ammons began to gain recognition while still at high school when in 1943, at the age of 18, he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax's band. In 1944 he joined the band of Billy Eckstine (who bestowed on him the nickname "Jug" when straw hats ordered for the band did not fit), playing alongsi ...