Paul Tanner

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Paul Tanner
Born (1917-10-15)October 15, 1917
Skunk Hollow, Kentucky, United States
Died February 5, 2013(2013-02-05) (aged 95)
Carlsbad, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician, inventor, educator, author
Instruments Trombone, electrotheremin
Associated acts

Paul Tanner (October 15, 1917 – February 5, 2013) was an American musician and former member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Tanner gained fame by playing trombone with Glenn Miller's band from 1938 until 1942,[1] when he joined the U.S. Army Air Force.[2] He later worked as a studio musician in Hollywood. He was a professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)[3] and also authored or co-authored several academic and popular histories related to jazz.

External video
Oral History, Paul Tanner shares moments of his life story and career. Interview date May 18, 2001, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

Tanner developed and played the Electro-Theremin, an electronic musical instrument that mimics the sound of the theremin. The Electro-Theremin is featured in several songs by The Beach Boys, with Tanner playing the instrument;[4] most notably Good Vibrations, Wild Honey, and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times.

Tanner had five brothers and each could play an instrument. Tanner learned to play the trombone at a reform school where his father was employed as superintendent.[5] Tanner and his brothers were playing in what he described as a "strip joint" when Miller heard him and offered him a position in his band.[5]

Tanner earned three degrees at UCLA — a bachelor's in 1958 (graduating magna cum laude), a master's in 1961, and a doctorate in 1975. He also was influential in launching UCLA's highly regarded jazz education program in 1958.[5]

He died of pneumonia on February 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jazz, with Maurice Gerow and David W. Megill (1964, W. C. Brown / 2009, McGraw-Hill; ISBN 978-0-07-340137-9)
  • Every Night Was New Year's Eve: On the Road With Glenn Miller . With Bill Cox (1992, Cosmo Space Co., Ltd. Tokyo. ISBN 4-947544-08-2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A look back at the best of Backstage in 2006". North County Times. December 27, 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-tanner-of-the-glenn-miller-orchestra-dead-at-95-20130206
  3. ^ UCL (July 26, 1976). "Paul Tanner Packs Them In At UCLA...". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  4. ^ Shimp, Rachel (16 October 2009). "EMP/SFM show is 'Spaced Out,' — and far out". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  5. ^ a b c Heckman, Don. (2013, February 6). Paul Tanner dies at 95; trombonist with Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Los Angeles Times.

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