born on 4/8/1922 in Hagerstown, MD, United States
died on 2/1/1968 in Washington DC, United States
Earl Bowman Swope (August 4, 1923, Hagerstown, Maryland January 2, 1968, Washington, D.C.) was an American jazz trombonist. He was the brother of Rob Swope.
Swope played with Sonny Dunham in 1942, then with Boyd Raeburn (194344), Georgie Auld (1945), and Buddy Rich (194547). From 1947 to 1949 he worked with Woody Herman and also recorded in small groups with Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff. In 195051 he was with Elliot Lawrence, then worked freelance in New York City and Washington, D.C. Later in the 1950s he returned to big band work, playing with Jimmy Dorsey (1957) and Louie Bellson (1959). In the 1960s he played locally in Washington, D.C.
With Charlie Byrd
- Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros (Riverside, 1962)
With Dizzy Gillespie
- One Night in Washington (Elektra/Musician, 1955 )
- Lawrence Koch, "Earl Swope". New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
In the 60's he played with Bob Gett's band at the Shoreham Hotel, in Washington, DC