Gene Estes

Gene Estes had a richly varied and successful musical career as a drummer, vibraphonist, composer and arranger, writing for and performing equally well with small groups or big bands. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, on October 3, 1931, and from 1945 grew up in Los Angeles. He came from a musical family, which included his father, Ace Estes, a drummer who played in various bands in the late 1920s and 1930s (most notably Buddy Rogers), and a successful younger brother, jazz and studio musician, Alan.

Before he was in junior high school, Gene was sitting in on piano and drums with Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson, Gene KrupaBenny Goodman and others of the swing era. He played drums in the official Air Force dance band, the Airmen of Note in Washington, D.C. in the early 50’s. Afterwards, he settled in Los Angeles and played with Jack Teagarden and Tex Beneke before becoming known as...

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Albums featuring Gene Estes

21 records