[Trombone-l] Singing trombonists

Daryl Burch darylburch at speakeasy.net
Mon Nov 14 14:01:30 CST 2005

Ya, I just listened to that recording of "Margie". What a swingin' 
band! Nice, sultry singing voice. And his playing sound had a little 
bit of brash bite to it that was cool. At least on the particular 
recording I listened to, the whole bone section played with that bite 
to their sound. Love that! It's a little in your face and solid.

Trummy has definitely been overlooked. Thanks for all the back story on 
him. I didn't know a lot of that. I just knew him from listening to the 
Armstrong & Lunceford recordings.

..my $0.02 anyway.


On Nov 13, 2005, at 7:05 PM, Chris Tune wrote:

> Trummy is remembered by those who KNOW a thing a two.  He is also much 
> venerated by those trombonists (e.g. Les Benedict, Ira Nepus) who 
> spent time with him in Hawaii.  Perhaps, right now,  he is better 
> known in the Hawaiian islands than in the continental US.  He spent 
> the last maybe thirty or more years of his life over there and worked 
> really regularly.  He would generally have a set gig at a particular 
> hotel.  [NOTE: I'd sure love to see if any of THAT was recorded. . 
> .the musicians over there are usually pretty excellent and I'm sure 
> they had lots of fun. . .]
> Trummy was a good singer, with a sort of wispy, airy voice (the kind 
> that brings solace to those of us with less than perfect singing 
> equipment). He totally swung on anything he did. You can hear his 
> singing in a better recorded context by subscribing to the Time-Life 
> reissue "The Swing Era". Look it up on the Time-Life website.  This 
> reissue is a result of popular request.  This set  is studio guys 
> (especially with Billy May doing the majority of the "take-downs") 
> recreating the old swing stuff in lovely circa-1970 stereo.
> He was also pretty useful for sheer chops when the early Beboppers 
> were trying to include bone into the lineup.  Trummy probably had his 
> coolest gig when he went out with Louis Armstrong for several years.  
> I can see him onstage with Pops (DVDs available now. . search Amazon) 
> and judging from the look on Armstong's face, Trummy is definitely 
> looked at by Louis as an "equal". . .and that means a lot.  Louis 
> Armstrong is probably rightly credited with having been one-of, or THE 
> most central figure in advancing jazz in the early part of the 20th 
> century.  Trummy was there and in "spades".
> I only wish I'd met the guy.  Everybody says he was the nicest guy. . .
> Trummy will wind up as one of the most important figures in jazz, 
> after all the dust settles and people begin to truly assess "who did 
> what and when." . .
> And of course he could play ludicrously high when the spirit arose.
> Chris Tune
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Samuel Jay Keyser" <keyser at mit.edu>
> To: <trombone-l at server5.samford.edu>
> Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 6:39 PM
> Subject: [Trombone-l] Singing trombonists
>> There is a great one, Trummy Young.  He had the loudest super high 
>> B-flat in the business and he could swing!  A good example of his 
>> singing and trombone virtuosity is on Margie, a recording he made 
>> with the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra.
>> This is a guy who was at the top of the swing era trombonists and yet 
>> his memory seems to have faded.  Am I wrong?
>> Jay
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