Chicago jazz legend Art Hoyle was born in Corinth, Mississippi, where he received his first
trumpet at the age of 8; by 15 he was playing professionally in and around Gary, Indiana,
where he attended high school. After a four-year stint in the U.S. Airforce Bands, Mr. Hoyle
joined the Sun Ra Arkestra (1955) and appeared on several of that band’s important early
recordings. From 1957-60 he toured North America and Europe with the Lionel Hampton
Orchestra before settling back in Chicago as a member of the CBS Staff Orchestra.
A vital and familiar presence on Chicago stages, Mr. Hoyle has been a featured soloist with
vocalists Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, and Joe
Williams, and has played in bands led by Louie Bellson, Quincy Jones, and Henry Mancini.
Mr. Hoyle has appeared on hundreds of commercial jingles and is also a recognizable voice-
over talent whose resonant, gravelly baritone has graced radio and TV commercials spanning
photo by John J. Kim
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