Gil AskeyNoosa Jazz Festival
...Gil Askey Gil Askey was born in Austin Texas in 1925 and played as a jazz trumpeter for almost 20 years before becoming a musical director for Motown and other companies for over 20 years.
...A native of Austin, Texas, Gil Askey studied music at the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Hartnett School of Music in New York.He
has played or appeared on stage with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, the Duke (Ellington), the Count (Basie), Kenny Dorham, Art Blakey and even did a set with Billie Holiday.In 2004 Gil
played briefly with Melbourne band Cat Empire - click here for more
...Gil Askey spent almost twenty years in the jazz scene prior to his twenty-three year career at Motown, Warner Brothers and other companies, working as musical director, arranger or producer for such artists as Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five (with Michael), Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and of course the Funk Brothers whose music is celebrated in STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN.
has worked with many other musicians and performers including Liza Minnelli, Ann Margaret, Mitzi Gaynor, and his dear friend Curtis Mayfield.
now lives in Melbourne with his
family, and tutors young musicians, hosts workshops and still plays trumpet at various venues around town.