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date: 11 November 2019

Abrams, Lee [Abramson, Leon Curtis]locked

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[Abramson, Leon Curtis]

(bNew York, Jan 6, 1925; dNew York, April 20, 1992). Americandrummer, brother of Ray Abrams. After serving in the army (1943–6) he played and made recordings (including Lover come back to me, 1946, Decca 24119) with Roy Eldridge (1946–7) and recorded with Joe Thomas (iv). He worked on 52nd Street in the mid-1940s with Coleman Hawkins, J. J. Johnson, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (with whom he recorded in 1950), then played in Eddie Heywood’s trio and Andy Kirk’s orchestra (both 1948). Following a tour with Hot Lips Page he rejoined Heywood, performed and recorded with Illinois Jacquet (1951–2), played with Oscar Pettiford (1952), and worked with Lester Young for 18 months (from spring 1952). He also recorded in bop trios led by Wynton Kelly (1951), Duke Jordan (1954), and Al Haig (...

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