July 10, 1921
November 10, 2011
Al Shay passed away at Life Care, Reno on November 10, 2011. The family offers heartfelt thanks to the staff at Life Care for their wonderful care and kindness.
All was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 15, 1921. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, Brother, Milton Shay of Las Vegas, Step-sons; Eric (Kathleen), and Gary Sakach, two step-granddaughters, twin step-grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Al was a trumpet player, arranger and composer, and played with many of the well-known bands of the "Big Band Era". Al and his brother had their own bands for many of the early years. Al conducted and wrote arrangements for many of the acts in the Catskill resorts of New York.
Al served in the Navy during World War II, as a musician.
He came to Reno with the Vic Damone Orchestra; he liked the area and stayed.
He received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to perform school concerts and workshop clinics in jazz for high schools throughout Western Nevada.
In 1998, Al was elected to the World of Entertainment Hall of Fame, a Nevada Award (Reno, Las Vegas and Tahoe), for his contribution to the entertainment world. He was greatly honored to be a part of this array of named entertainers. He was the 43rd recipient. Bill Harrah was the first and some of the other recipients were Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr. and George Burns.
Al was a member and past Vice President of the Reno Coin Club, and a member and past President of the Nevada Stamp Study Society.
At his request, there will be no services. A family gathering will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Al's name to the Nevada Humane Society or a charity of your choice
His Career in the entertainment field touched thousands. He reached into the hearts of so many. Go with God Al, and break a leg up there.
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Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader on Nov. 13, 2011.