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Curtis, King [Montgomery, Curtis; Ousley, Curtis]locked

  • Gary Theroux
  •  and Howard Rye


(b Fort Worth, Feb 7, 1934; d New York, Aug 13, 1971). American tenor saxophonist and bandleader. He was given his mother’s surname, Montgomery, at birth, but subsequently was adopted, at which point he took the surname Ousley. Inspired by Lester Young, he began on saxophone at the age of 12. While he was in high school he performed in various bands in the Fort Worth area, playing a mixture of jazz, rhythm-and-blues, and popular music. He turned down several offers of college scholarships to accept a position in Lionel Hampton’s band, where he polished his writing and arranging skills and learned to play guitar. In ...

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