Trumpet Styles


Big Band






Big Band

The 1930s belonged to popular swing big bands, in which some virtuoso soloists became as famous as the band leaders. Key figures in developing the "big" jazz band included bandleaders and arrangers Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller.

Most of the trumpet soloist of this time were either featured players or had their own bands. Louis Armstrong blazed the trail larger groups followed by other early players Roy Eldridge and Cootie Williams. Roy Eldridge played with many bands, most notably with Billie Holiday. Roy was known for his high range. Others that continued in that discipline were Cat Anderson, Al Killian, and culminating with Maynard Ferguson. Cootie's form of playing melodic solos, sometimes with the help of a plunger, were continued by Clark Terry and Bobby Hackett.

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