Compatible (+-) Quotes: The Trombone

Trombone players are generally the nicest brass players. However, they do tend to drink quite heavily and perhaps don’t shine the brightest headlights on the highway, but they wouldn’t hurt you and are the folks to call with all your
pharmaceutical questions…It’s a little-known fact that trombone players are unusually good bowlers.
—Toby Appel’s Guide to the Orchestra

My greatest teacher was not a vocal coach, not the work of other singers, but the way Tommy Dorsey breathed and phrased on the trombone.—Frank Sinatra

Many a sinner has played himself into heaven on the trombone, thanks to the army.—George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

(Jack Teagarden) was certainly an astoundingly gifted trombonist who single-handedly created a whole new way of playing the trombone.—Gunther Schuller, The Swing Era.

J.J. Johnson found a way of adapting the instrument to bebop that was to influence every jazz trombonist that followed.—Steve Voce

Frank Rosolino was a towering genius and a trombone virtuoso of the jazz genre. His style was unique and instantly recognizable.—J.J. Johnson

Never look at the trombones. You’ll only encourage them.—Richard Strauss

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  1. says

    Was Frank tromatized? Did J.J. have a bone to pick with Tommy? Did it take extra brass to litter your post with bad puns? (Naah.) Should I slide on out of here? (A mute point, but yeah, forthwith.)
    Mr. Leimbacher enjoys word play——to a fault—DR