Famous "Bone" (trombone) players

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  1. JMT

    JMT Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Rocklin, CA
    Obviously, being a former brass player, I lean towards listening to music with horns. Jazz, rock, classical, it doesn't really matter (not too much). Not too many "famous" bone players.

    - James Pankow (Chicago)
    - Dave Bargerone (Blood, Sweat, and Tears)
    - Bill Watrous
    - Glenn Miller
    - Tommy Dorsey
    - J.J. Johnson
    - Kai Winding
    - Wayne Henderson
    - Slide Hampton

    These are all I could come up with. Who am I missing?
  2. Green Tea

    Green Tea Sweet Soulful Sounds

    Re: Famous "Bone" (tromebone) players

    I'll add one of my favorite 'bone players: Carl Fontana
  3. phil1db

    phil1db Forum Resident

    the late great Albert Mangelsdorff
  4. janschfan

    janschfan Forum Resident

    Nashville, Tn. USA
    I've always loved Julian Priester with anybody, but especially with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band. Though loaded with chops, he lets imagination and taste rule his playing!
  5. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    Well, they may not be "famous", but they were certainly well-respected in jazz:
    Bill Harris
    Bennie Green
    Curtis Fuller

    My favorite jazz trombonist is J.J. Johnson.
  6. Brian J

    Brian J Well-Known Member

    Jack Teagarden is the first name that comes to mind. He's not a bad vocalist either. And lets not forget, one of the most famous band leaders was also a trombone player, Glenn Miller.

  7. DanG

    DanG On Green Dolphin Street

    Is valve trombone (vtb) included? Bob Brookmeyer.
  8. JMT

    JMT Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Rocklin, CA
    Shame on me for forgetting Teagarden. Glenn Miller was included on my original list.
    Sure, why not? Actually I like when Maynard plays his Superbone (valves and slide).
  9. ATR

    ATR Forum Resident

    Of the contemporary players, I like George Lewis, Ray Anderson, Gary Valente, and Craig Harris. They happen to have come together on an excellent hatART CD entitled Slideride which may be available from DowntownMusicGallery.com or CadenceBuilding.com. Steve Turre is great on both trombone and shells, Conrad Herwig plays Latin/Jazz on his own and with Eddie Palmieri.
    On the European contemporary scene you have, among others, Gunter Christmann (who unfortunately spends more of his energy now playing cello), Paul Rutherford, Walter Wierbos, Radu Malfatti, Bernard Hunekink (of the Willem Breuker Kollektief). Globe Unity Orchestra tends to have several trombonists on hand at any one time, and George Lewis has worked with them.
    Contemporary but getting along in years are Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur, who recently made a come back after years of obscurity. Mosaic fans may be familiar with his 60's Blue Note gems.
    Then of course there's the foundation of J.J. Johnson and Jack Teagarden. It just goes on and on...then again, it all depends on what you mean by famous. All those guys are famous to me.
  10. darbelob

    darbelob Active Member

    Urbie Green. Maybe too "easy listening" for purists, but I just love those old Command Stereo albums and some others, such as Senior Blues
  11. -=Rudy=-

    -=Rudy=- ♪♫♪♫♫♪♪♫♪♪ Staff

    IIRC, Urbie Green had some parts on those A&M/CTi albums in the late 60s, and took some decent solos. :thumbsup:

    Frank Rosolino was an excellent trombonist, but was known more for featured as a soloist and ensemble player in other bands than he was for leading his own bands. His is one of the trombone styles I can recognize almost instantly. He played on a lot of west coast jazz albums.

    Another name I'm remembering is Dick Nash, another west-coaster. Among others, he played on a lot of Mancini's early jazz albums in the late 50s and early 60s. His brother Ted Nash was a woodwind player.

    And don't overlook yet another west-coaster: Milt Bernhart. :thumbsup:

    On a Freddie Hubbard recording, Back To Birdland, I discovered a trombone player, Ashley Alexander, who played a horn similar to Ferguson's Superbird: he played a combination valve/slide trombone.
  12. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host

    The first is usually the best. And that would be Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden.
  13. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    That's right, but don't forget Fletcher Henderson's trombonist, Jimmy Harrison. Unfortunately, he never made any recordings as a leader.
  14. Simon A

    Simon A Arrr!

    I"m with you on this one, but I must say that pretty much 70% of the names listed here so far were on my list too.
  15. jdw

    jdw Well-Known Member

    Teagarden was among the first, and he is my favourite from that era (1920s). He continued to play amazingly well right into the 1960s.

    I'll re-nominate;
    Frank Rosolino - an incredible technician but also a superb musician.
    Carl Fontana - ditto.
    Slide Hampton - he's in his seventies now and plays better than ever, and he is one of the great underated composers and arrangers of the past 50 years.

    Conrad Herwig is the most awe-inspiring younger player (well, he's in his forties) I know of. Check out his solo records or his work with Eddie Palmieri...
  16. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    I know no one knows or cares, but the late Milt Bernhardt was a favorite of mine
  17. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    Jack Teagarden did so much to popularize the trombone while still retaining musical style and integrity. He enjoyed much-deserved popularity playing and touring with Louis Armstrong in the '40's. Even with the magnetic Louis on the stage, Jack held his own and even took the spotlight on occasion with one of his specialties, St Louis Blues, including doing a solo on the trombone using a water glass to wonderful effect. An amazing fellow. A fav of theirs is My Bucket's Got A Hole In It on Decca - what style those two had hehe

    Slide Hampton is a wonder.

    Let us not forget, in the immortal words of Pops from When The Saints Go Marching In, making the announcement sure to have had every head in the parish craning to take a gander:
    "And here come brother Hickinbottom down tha aisle with his tram-bone."
    ...just his inimitable way of announcing trombone player J.C. Higgenbotham.
  18. Six String

    Six String Forum Resident

    One that hasn't been mentioned yet is Robin Eubanks who is currently playing with the Dave Holland Quintet.
  19. J.A.W.

    J.A.W. Music Addict

    I don't know if no one cares, but, like most trombonists who didn't make many recordings as a leader or even none at all, Milt Bernhart (without the "d"), who made only two albums, is not very well-known.

    The same goes for the trombonist I mentioned earlier, Jimmy Harrison, who played with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. He didn't make any recordings as a leader, but he was the first great swing trombonist. He died way too young, at the age of 30 in 1931.
  20. ubik333

    ubik333 Active Member

    Don't forget Roswell Rudd - still active and still putting out challenging music like his collaborations with African and Asian musicians in recent years and his championing of the work of Herbie Nichols on CIMP. I think someone just released some of his early work with Steve Lacy, Paul Motian and others - Blown Bone.

  21. RDK

    RDK Active Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    You missed some of the greatest from Duke's band: Juan Tizol, Buster Cooper, Lawrence Brown, etc.
  22. NowhereMan

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  23. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    :) :thumbsup:
  24. rmos

    rmos Well-Known Member

    George Roberts --- Mr. Bass Trombone --- played a lot of great music on the Sinatra/Riddle Capitol recordings (even with NR!)

    And I'd like to second Urbie Green --- his "21 Trombones" LPs on Project 3 are excellent.
  25. Ben Sinise

    Ben Sinise Forum Reticent

    One influential name that hasn't popped up is Kid Ory whose New Orleans bands featured King Oliver, an up and coming Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet. I'll second the nominations for Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green and Frank Rosolino as amongst the best trombonists. From the UK Don Lusher of the Ted Heath bands is the outstanding player. Sadly, he passed away just a few months ago.
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