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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Wilbert Longmire

Wilbert Longmire was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1940. He relocated to Cincinnati at the age of 3.

Wilbert Longmire played in the early 1960s in the music scene of Cincinnati. His first recordings were made in 1963 with the Hank Marr Quartets on the albums “The Greasy Spoon" and ”Federal.”  He worked as a session musician for King Records, also with Red Prysock and Jack McDuff. In 1967 he recorded in New York with Trudy Pitts & Bill Carney.

While in Los Angeles in 1969, he played on the album “Revolution” The studio band, arranged by Joe Sample,  included trumpter Gary Barone, trombonist George Bohanon & saxophonists Anthony Ortega & Wilton Felder. In the following years he worked in Gerald Wilson's Big Band and Rusty Bryant. On the recommendation of George Benson, who gave him to Bob James, he got the opportunity to record an album for the Columbia sub-label Tappan Zee Records which produced “Sunny Side Up” which featured his arrangement of “Lovely Day.” In the following years he also recorded the LPs “Champagne” in 1978 and “With All My Love” in 1980. In later years he played again with Hank Marr and appeared again in his hometown. In the field of jazz he was involved between 1963 and 2005 in 225 recording sessions.

Wilbert Longmire passed away in January, 2018.