Frankie “Tram” Trumbauer (30.05.1901 – 11.06.1956) was a leading saxophonist (mainly C-melody saxophone, and alto saxophone) and one of the major bandleaders during the 1920s and 1930s. He is regarded as grandfather of modern jazz and influenced many following jazz musicians. Lester Young was one of them.
After playing in different dance orchestras he became a member of Jean Goldkette's Orchestra of which he eventually became the musical director. In the late 1920s, he cut some of the definitive records of the era with cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and guitarist Eddie Lang, such as Singin' the Blues (Song of the Week #37).
Both, Trumbauer and Beiderbecke, joined afterwards Adrian Rollini's Orchestra and then Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. In 1932, Trumbauer left Whiteman to form his own Orchestra, before returning in 1933 for another four years.
During 1934-1936, Trumbauer made a series of recordings often including Jack Teagarden. When he left Whiteman in 1936, he led the Three T's, featuring the Teagarden brothers.
Trumbauer was also a highly skilled pilot. In 1940, he left the music business and during World War II, he was a test pilot. He still played music but it was not his main occupation anymore.
That is interesting:
When I was looking for a good quality version of Troubled, I've found it on a Glenn Miller album. I couldn't find any other sources about this recording session with Miller, though.
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