Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Kiger, Al (Alan)
Kiger, Al (Alan), trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger; b. Muncie, IN, 19 June 1932. His mother Nell (1907-1993) taught piano. Al studied with E.W. Garrett ('42-'43), Inez Sargent ('43-'48), Max Woodbury ('48-'50), Clifford Lillya ('50-'52), and Wm. Adam ('52-'56). He attended Muncie Burris H.S. ('47-'50), University of Mich. ('50-'52), and the University of Indiana ('52-'56) where he received a B.ME Degree. He did graduate work at Ball State U. ('57) and also went to the Lenox School of Jazz ('59-'60).
He has played with David Baker ('52-'60), Fred Dale ('53-'54), Al Cobine ('54-'60), George Russell ('60), Henry Mancini-Andy Williams-Johnny Mathis Touring Orchestra ('60-'80), The Blue Wisp Big Band ('80-'84), and Dee Felice ('84-'87).
He has recorded with Jerry Coker (early 50s), Al Cobine (mid-late 50s), George Russell (1960), John Lewis (1960), The Blue Wisp Big Band (tpt.,arranger) (early 80s), Dee Felice (mid-80s), Royce Campbell (mid-80s), Jerry Conrad-Liz Antony (arranger) (2001). He has written arrangements for The Blue Wisp Big Band ('82-'87). He's also made school arrangements for educational programs.