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This profile was last updated on 1/1/04  and contains information from public web pages.

Motown's Musical Director

The Supremes
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • music
    Hartnett School of Music
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AtD: OTHER MOTOWN BASS-PLAYERS
soulfuldetroit.com, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
Bill Upchurch played bass for The Supremes (Jean, Cindy, Mary) when Gil Askey was their musical director.
northjersey.com - Montclair Times Community
www.montclairtimes.com, 23 April 2003 [cached]
Gil Askey had a knack for making the best of bad situations.He had played trumpet with a number of well-known orchestras before becoming Motown's musical director for The Supremes and Four Tops.When things got out of hand once during a concert in Antwerp, Belgium, that starred The Four Tops, Askey leaped on stage and played trumpet magnificently until the audience quieted down.
Roy Young is an explosive soul singer with a truly unique and memorable voice.
www.royyoung.net, 1 Oct 2013 [cached]
Gil Askey A legend behind many classic tracks from the Motown era, Gil contributed his horn arranging expertise to Roy's new album "Memphis. Gil has worked as composer, producer and musical director for performers like Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight and many, many more. Gil Askey
Noosa Jazz Festival
noosajazz.com.au, 2 Feb 2006 [cached]
Gil AskeyNoosa Jazz Festival
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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.
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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
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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.
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Askey has worked with many other musicians and performers including Liza Minnelli, Ann Margaret, Mitzi Gaynor, and his dear friend Curtis Mayfield.
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Askey now lives in Melbourne with his family, and tutors young musicians, hosts workshops and still plays trumpet at various venues around town.
SoulfulDetroit.com FORUM
soulfuldetroit.com, 1 April 2003 [cached]
QUESTION: Does anyone remember the name of the bass player from Gil Askey's band while playing for The Supremes 1970-71? 06/02 05:41pm
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