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Though adept at comic effects, the trombone is also capable of nobility, virtuosity and soul. In a trombone special, Geoffrey Smith salutes the horn and its star players, from Kid Ory to JJ Johnson and beyond.

1 hour

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Sun 29 Mar 2015 00:00

Music Played

  • Louis Armstrong

    Ory’s Creole Trombone

    Performer: Kid Ory. Performer: Johnny Dodds. Performer: Lil Armstrong. Performer: Johnny St. Cyr.
    • Hot Fives and Sevens Volume 2.
    • JSP.
    • 14.
  • Bessie Smith

    Empty Bed Blues

    Performer: Porter Grainger. Performer: Charlie Big Green.
    • Sweet Mistreater.
    • Blue Orchid.
    • 11.
  • Henry “Red” Allen

    Swing Out

    Performer: Teddy Hill. Performer: J.C. Higginbotham.
    • Early Black Swing.
    • Bluebird.
    • 4.
  • Trummy Young


    Performer: Jimmie Lunceford.
    • Rhythm Is Our Business.
    • Past Perfect.
    • 16.
  • Duke Ellington

    Main Stem

    Performer: Rex Stewart. Performer: Johnny Hodges. Performer: Ben Webster. Performer: Barney Bigard. Performer: Ray Nance. Performer: Tricky Sam Nanton. Performer: Lawrence Brown.
    • The Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA Bluebird.
    • 17.
  • Woody Herman

    Goosey Gander

    Performer: Dave Tough. Performer: Bill Harris. Performer: Flip Phillips. Performer: Pete Candoli.
    • Properbox.
    • 16.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Stars Fell on Alabama

    Performer: Jack Teagarden. Performer: Barney Bigard. Performer: Dick Cary. Performer: Arvell Shaw. Performer: Sid Catlett.
    • Satchmo in the Forties.
    • Properbox.
    • 17.
  • JJ Johnson and Kai Winding

    This Could be the Start of Something

    Performer: Bill Evans. Performer: Paul Chambers. Performer: Roy Haynes.
    • The Great Kai and JJ.
    • World Records.
    • 1.
  • JJ Johnson

    A Night in Tunisia

    Performer: Hank Jones. Performer: Ray Brown. Performer: Osie Johnson.
    • An Afternoon At Birdland.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • 7.
  • Albert Mangelsdorff

    Ant Steps on an Elephant’s Toe

    Performer: Jaco Pastorius. Performer: Alphonse Mouzon.
    • Trilogue-Live.
    • MPS.
    • 2.
  • Ray Anderson


    Performer: Allan Jaffe. Performer: John Hicks. Performer: Mark Dresser. Performer: Pheeroan akLaff.
    • What Because.
    • Gramavision.
    • 8.
  • Rath Pack

    Cheek To Cheek

    Performer: Bert Boeren. Performer: Mark Nightingale. Performer: Mark Godfroid.
    • Live In London.
    • Woodville.
    • 8.