Trombonists un History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1870-09-22 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1888-06-03 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1891-05-22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1895-04-20 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1898-03-11 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), born in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1898-04-05 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, born in Butte, Montana (d. 1976)
  • 1900-01-11 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1900-01-22 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (d. 1984)
  • 1901-02-20 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1984)
  • 1902-01-03 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1902-03-30 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big band leader, born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904-02-01 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger-mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in New York City (d. 1946)
  • 1905-08-20 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)

Person of interestTommy Dorsey

1905-11-19 Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and big band leader (Opus No. 1; I'll Never Smile Again), born in Mahanoy Plane, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1906-08-06 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)
  • 1907-01-31 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), born in New York City (d. 1985)
  • 1907-08-03 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • 1909-03-21 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, bjorn in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1988)
  • 1911-05-05 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1913-04-29 Jack Bently, English big band trombonist (Ted Heath), and journalist (Sunday Mirror), born in Manchester (d. 1994)
  • 1915-03-29 George Chisholm, Scottish jazz trombonist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1915-12-16 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)
  • 1917-06-13 Simon "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, born in New York City (d. 2000)
  • 1920-06-04 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1920-08-13 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1922-04-16 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1922-05-18 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1923-04-16 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1924-01-22 J. J. Johnson, American composer and jazz trombonist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2001)
  • 1925-06-06 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Count Basie Orchestra; Snap Your Fingers), born in Aldie, Virginia (d. 2000)
  • 1926-01-13 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1999) [1]
  • 1926-08-08 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woody Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1926-08-20 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • 1927-05-01 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1927-05-24 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • 1927-06-20 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1928-02-11 Conrad Janis, American jazz trombonist and actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-06-25 William Joseph Russo, American trombonist, jazz, classical and theater composer (Titans Symphony) and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1930-04-17 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire (d. 2021)
  • 1930-05-28 Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton, American jazz trombonist, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1931-02-11 Bobby Lamb, Irish jazz trombonist, composer, and conductor, born in Cork, Irish Free State
  • 1931-11-17 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, born in Manchester, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1932-02-25 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), born in Hässleholm Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1932-04-21 Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton, American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, born in Jeanette, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-12-15 Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1934-04-19 Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden
  • 1934-10-17 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • 1935-05-22 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1991)
  • 1936-03-04 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), born in Dominica, West Indies (d. 2001)
  • 1936-07-04 Richard "Dick" Hyde, American trombonist and session musician (Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Madonna), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1936-12-08 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, (d. 2011)
  • 1937-04-03 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1939-02-14 Chris Pyne, trombonist
  • 1939-06-08 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1942-01-31 Gerald Chanberlain, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman's Thundering Herd), born in Refugio, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1942-09-06 Dave Bargeron, American jazz-rock trombonist and tuba player (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-09-10 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble), born on Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2019)
  • 1943-09-21 David Hood, American bassist and trombonist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Traffic), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 1947-01-06 Jacques Bolognesi, French jazz trombonist and accordion player (Hermetotico), born in Gap, France
  • 1947-05-19 Jerry Hyman, American rock trombonist (Blood Sweat & Tears, 1968-70), and chiropractor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947-08-20 James Pankow, American trombonist, arranger and composer (Chicago - "Make Me Smile"; "Colour My World"), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1949-11-30 Bill Reichenbach Jr., American trombonist, born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • 1950-06-14 Bart van Lier, Dutch trombonist, born in Haarlem
  • 1950-11-12 James Pugh, American session and touring trombonist, composer, and educator (Thundering Herd; Chick Corea; Steely Dan), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1951-05-07 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1952-10-08 Clifford Adams, American trombone player (Kool & the Gang - "Joanna"), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1953-03-12 Labamba [Richard Rosenberg], American rock trombonist (Asbury Jukes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955-10-25 Robin Eubanks, American jazz trombonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957-02-04 Don Davis, American trombonist, arranger, and composer, mostly for film (The Matrix), and television (Beauty & The Beast), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1958-01-26 Norman Hassan, British reggae percussionist, and trombone player (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"; "I Got You Babe"), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1967-05-29 Mark Nightingale, British jazz and session trombonist, composer, and arranger, born in Evesham, Worcestershire, Engalnd
  • 1978-05-05 Marcus Lewis, American jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, and band leader, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1979-10-19 Brian Robertson, American ska-punk-rock trombonist (Suburban Legends), born in Orange County, California
  • 1986-01-02 Trombone Shorty [Troy Andrews], American jazz musician and producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1941-04-17 American actress Doris Day (19) weds trombonist Albert Jorden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

1941-08-25 Jazz musician Billie Holiday (26) weds trombonist Jimmy Monroe; divorced 1947

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

Deaths in Music

  • 1942-06-18 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71
  • 1946-07-20 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies of a stroke at 42

Person of interestTommy Dorsey

1956-11-26 Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and big band leader (Opus No. 1; I'll Never Smile Again), dies at 51

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • 1958-03-25 Tom Brown, American dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 69
  • 1961-04-29 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), dies at 63
  • 1963-04-09 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 1964-01-15 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • 1973-01-03 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • 1973-01-23 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1973-12-03 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • 1975-02-05 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), dies at 42
  • 1976-10-03 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, dies at 77
  • 1977-03-23 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), dies at 53
  • 1978-11-26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • 1981-08-23 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), dies at 70
  • 1983-05-06 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist ("Georgia On My Mind"), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1983-11-12 Preston Jackson [James Preston McDonald], American jazz trombonist (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 81
  • 1984-04-11 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), dies at 83
  • 1984-04-23 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), dies at 84
  • 1984-11-16 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906)
  • 1985-12-28 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), dies at 78
  • 1987-05-30 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • 1988-02-24 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1988-09-05 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies at 81
  • 1991-04-18 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), dies at 55
  • 1993-01-23 Charles "Majeed" Greenlee, American jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), dies at 65
  • 1994-01-07 Bobby Pratt, American jazz trombone and piano player, dies at 67
  • 1994-04-22 Jack Bently, English trombonist, dies at 80
  • 1994-07-25 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), dies from cancer at 67
  • 1995-04-12 Chris Pyne, British jazz trombonist, dies at 56
  • 1996-05-01 Billy Byers, American jazz trombonist and arranger, dies on his 79th birthday
  • 1996-05-30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • 1997-01-16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • 1999-04-23 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, dies at 73
  • 2000-01-31 Simon "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, dies of leukemia at 82
  • 2000-03-24 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), dies aged 74
  • 2000-10-13 Britt Woodman, American jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington; Charles Mingus; Lionel Hampton), dies of respiratory issues at 80
  • 2001-02-04 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2001-08-23 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • 2003-08-26 Wayne Andre, American jazz and session trombonist, dies at 72
  • 2004-09-27 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), dies at 67
  • 2005-07-25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist (b. 1928)
  • 2010-05-01 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • 2011-07-05 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2012-09-27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2015-01-12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • 2015-09-04 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • 2016-01-17 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2018-07-03 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • 2019-12-27 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble) dies at 76
  • 2021-03-02 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), dies at 90
  • 2021-05-08 Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), dies at 88

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