My friend Al Naylor has mentored and taught thousands of Iowa jazz players. Many of them have followed him into teaching and playing professionally. And he has taught this non-player so much about jazz and leading a band.
Al’s music career began in his home town of Jefferson, Iowa, where his school band was directed by the legendary Jack Oatts, founder of high school jazz in Iowa. He studied at UNI in the heyday of that university’s jazz program, directed by Jim Coffin. He toured nationally with pop and funk bands, including a stint in New York City, before returning to Iowa to finish college and begin his teaching career.
It’s my pleasure to host this page which features some audio and video highlights of his work.
Jefferson, IA High School 1967-1968
- Formula SK-32
- Pastel for Trumpet
- A Rocker for The Prez
- Yesterdays Blues
- All Heart (featuring Clark Terry)
UNI Jazz Band One 1972
1980s – 1990s
Variety Club Telethon
1991: “A Night in Tunisia,” “Jonny Quest Theme,” & “Nica’s Dream.”
1992: Day In, Day Out” & When I Fall in Love”
1992: “On Green Dolphin St.” & “Fingers”
I-380 Express Audio Recordings
- How Great Thou Art – arrangement for orchestra and chorus. Performed in June 2005 at First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids.
- Full Concert! Al Naylor Quartet at Kirkwood Community College, March 2009