Albert N. Aarons
1932 - 2015
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March 23, 1932 - November 17, 2015 Jazz trumpet player Al Aarons died peacefully in his home in Laguna Woods, CA, on the morning of November 17, 2015. He was a featured soloist on recordings by artists like Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he later moved to Detroit where began his professional career working with notable pop artists such as Johnny Ray, Laverne Baker, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Mathis, as well as jazz singer Billie Holiday, Yusef Lateef and pianist Barry Harris. Al was on the road with organist Wild Bill Davis performing when he was discovered by Count Basie. He continued working with artists like the Four Tops and Della Reese when he got "the call" from Count Basie, and the rest is history. Al toured with Basie from 1961-1972 which was considered the "Golden Era" for the band working with artist including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra. In 1969, Al worked with Quincy Jones on "The Music Scene" TV show. He later became a well respected studio musician and played on countless recordings, from albums, TV and movie soundtracks. Al's studio work lead to a close association with composer Henry Mancini, with whom he would work with for seventeen years. Al continued to perform in the Los Angeles jazz scene with countless artists across the Southland and eventually leading his own group, "The Jazz Caravan" visiting elementary schools around Los Angeles. In 1983, Al was instrumental in founding the "Los Angeles Jazz Society." Al retired in 2002 after an appearance on the Academy Awards in an on-stage performance celebrating the movie score from "Chicago." "I had no idea which direction the trumpet would take me, but I was hoping it would take me in a good direction, and it did." (Al Aarons, 2014). Al is survived by his loving wife, Janet Lewis-Aarons of 23 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Manther and Tempie Aarons; his brothers Ernest Aarons, Robert Aarons Phd., and his daughter Diane Aarons who died the same date 38 years ago. He is survived by his daughter Kellie Allen and son Asa Aarons. Three grandchildren Darius, Tiffany and Natassja. Four great grandchildren Anthony, Azaria, Makayla and Amare; a host of other nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved him very much. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Operation Blankets of Love in Granada Hills, CA.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2015.
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March 11, 2016
My condolences to the family. Asa, much love to you. Best wishes to Mrs. Aarons from Noreen Jackson. Earl, Sass and Freddy Hubbard preceded Albert. I knew Albert for many years. He was a great friend and musician who is missed already.

Noreen Jackson
Noreen Jackson
December 28, 2015
My heartfelt empathies out to all family and friends of Al at this time of his passage to his next journey. I was fortunate enough to share time with him several years ago and was truly impressed with his sensitivity and intelligence. Having later heard his recordings, confirmed that he was creative at the highest level that humans strive to reach. Tapping into the divine on the earthly level as he did must make him a cherished player in heaven. Hats off to Al for an artistic life that elevated us all. We will remember him fondly.
Neil Pennella
December 14, 2015
Your soulful trumpet sound will stay with us.

A friend from Germany
Andreas Koenig
December 14, 2015
My prayers and condolences go out to the family. Always remember to rely on "the God of all comfort" who is able to heal your grieving hearts. (2 Corin.1:3,4) He is a source of strength and comfort during this difficult time.
December 7, 2015
Dear family and friends of Mr. Albert Aarons,

I'm truly sorry to hear about your loss. I can sympathize with the pain you may be experiencing. I as well have recently loss a family member. The bible has greatly helped my family and I to cope and remain hopeful. Acts chapter 24 verse 15 tells us that, "There is going to be a ressurection of both righteous and the unrighteous. " I certainly look forward to that day and so can you!


November 23, 2015
May you find comfort in your memories and peace from the hearer of all prayers during this difficult time. Psalms 65 : 2 -
November 22, 2015
November 22, 2015
I am praying for the Aaron's family during this time of transition. Always remembering the legacy that Uncle Al has left for his family to continue. God bless.
November 22, 2015
Our family has a loss a gentle, kind & very talented patriach. We will cherish the wonderful memories that we shared. Your legacy & good works continue to follow you. #RIP Uncle Al
Michele Aarons- Jackson
November 22, 2015
ALBERT AARONS AND FAMILY, our thoughts and prayers are with you on this time of great loss, John 6:40. Marguerite Hyde Toledo, Ohio,
November 21, 2015
Tom Eisenhauer
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