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Updated: Dec 5, 2022


Have a listen to these important milestones in Jazz Trombone repertoire

Listening: Tommy Dorsey –Trombone The 1940’s master of super high lyrical ballads. Played often with a Solotone mute similar to a straight mute. The first recordings with superstar singer Frank Sinatra. “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” Starts on high C# flowing up to super high C# above high Bb. First phrase –C#, D, F#, A, C#_____________..........

“Song Of India”

Starts on super high C. First phrase C- C,B,Bb,A, C- C,B,Bb,A, C- B, Bb, A__________.............


Starts on high A Super C. First phrase A C________ A,C,A lowC, A,Ab,G E,G,E, low G....... Listening: J.J. Johnson – Trombone The father of modern jazz trombone improvisation. The Greatest! Beautifully crafted melodic lines that are fast and agile. Listening: J.J Johnson – Trombone “Coffee Pot” Fast! Fast! Fast! Listening: J.J Johnson Kai Winding – Trombone “Surrey With A Fringe On Top” ”The Preacher” J.J. and amazing Danish trombonist Kai Winding trombone duo. 8 Trombones plus rhythm section. Cooking, beautiful, swinging trombones. Listening: Kai Winding – Trombone “Monobone” Fast! Fast! Fast! Listening: Frank Rosolino – Trombone One of my favourite jazz trombone improvisers. Featured trombone soloist with Stan Kenton Orchestra. “Frank Speaking” with Stan Kenton Orchestra. “Prologue – This Is An Orchestra” with Stan Kenton Orchestra. “Polka Dots And Moonbeams” “I Got Rhythm” with Bobby Knight Great American Trombone Company. Listening: Jack Teagarden – Trombone One of the greatest 1940’s, 50’s, swing and traditional jazz trombonists. Many recordings with trumpeter Louis Armstrong groups and trumpeter Bobby Hackett. Buck Clayton Trumpet "Coast To Coast". “Basin Street Blues” “Royal Garden Blues” “That’s A Plenty”. Listening: Abe Lincon – Trombone Wonderful Swing and Traditional Jazz trombonist. “Sheik Of Araby” “Trombone Rag”. Listening: Al Grey - Trombone Trombone soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. Amazing plunger mute performer. Listening: Carl Fontana – Trombone Amazing fast bebop trombone player. Featured soloist and Leader of the Hanna – Fontana Band.

Listening: Fred Wesley - Trombone.

The Godfather of Funk and Soul Trombone playing.

Many recordings with James Brown Band from the 1970's.

Fred Wesley and The J.B. Horns

"Doing It To Death" 1974

"I'm Payin' Taxes, What Am I Buyin'" Listening: Curtis Fuller - Trombone Made famous on Saxophonist John Coltrane Recording “Bluetrane”. Listening: Steve Turre – Trombone – Latin Jazz Contemporary American trombonist. Specialist in Latin jazz and contemporary original jazz. Listening: Robin Eubanks - Trombone Contemporary American trombonist. Many recordings with bassist Dave Holland. Listening: Wycliffe Gordon - Trombone Contemporary American trombonist. Made many recordings with Wynton Marsarlis groups. Great plunger mute performer. Listening: Steve Davis - Trombone Contemporary American trombonist. Trombonist for the Rolling Stones. Amazing album with trombone choir featuring most of the contemporary trombonists mentioned above. Listening: James Greening – Trombone A very unique Australian trombonist. Featured soloist in groups including: James is also the humorous trombone / tuba player seen on “Playschool”. Ten Part Invention The catholics Wonderlust Australian Jazz Orchestra Listening: James Morrison - Trombone A very unique Australian trombonist / trumpet and multi instrumentalist. “Snappy Doo” “Schargell Brass”.

Listening: Bobby Knight - Great American Trombone Company.

Recording "Cream Of The Crop" featuring many of the amazing trombonists mentioned above including Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana trading jazz improvised solos in "fours" duel. Phil Teele featured on bass trombone "Rock Bottom". Ten trombones and rhythm section incredible energetic jazz playing.

Listening: Arbans Repertoire for Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Cornet.

"The Carnival Of Venice"

Listening: Sousaphone – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band “My Feet Cant Fail Me Now” “Mardigras in New Orleans”. Listening: Sousaphone – The Rebirth Brass Band Listening: David Taylor – Bass Trombone Featured soloist with Bob Mintzer Big Band “Computer” “Incredible Journey”. Listening: George Roberts – Bass Trombone Legend 1950’s and 60’s Hollywood recording bass trombonists. Featured soloist with Stan Kenton Orchestra “Prologue – This Is An Orchestra” with Stan Kenton Orchestra. “Stella By Starlight” Featured soloist with Vocalist Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle Orchestra. “I Got You Under My Skin” “Come Fly With Me”. Listening: Phil Teele – Bass Trombone and Contra Bass Trombone Hollywood Studio Film Trombonist heard on almost every film score from the last 20 years. Responsible for the low, loud, epic bass trombone notes! Featured soloist with Tashiko Akyoshi Orchestra “I Aint Gonna Get No More”. Listening: Harvey Philips – Tuba and Rich Maddison - Euphonium “Maddison – Philips Tuba Consort” Listening: Duke Ellington Big Band Featuring Trombonists: Tricky Sam Nanton on plunger mute Lawrence Brown playing high, lyrical melodies. Listening: Count Basie Orchestra “Atomic Basie” “April In Paris”. Listening: Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra “Consummation” “It Only Happens Every Time” “Tip Toes”. Listening: Bob Mintzer Big Band “Computer” “Incredible Journey”.


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