Abe Lincoln (musician)

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Abram "Abe" Lincoln (March 29, 1907 – June 8, 2000)[1] was an American Dixieland jazz trombonist. He never led his own recording session, though he recorded copiously as a sideman.

Early life[edit]

Lincoln was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,[1] one of six brothers.[2] He began playing trombone at age five, instructed by his cornet playing father,[1] John.[2] His older brother Bud, would also become a professional musician,[1] as would brothers Roy and Chet.[2]


Lincoln began working professionally in the early 1920s. In the 1920s and 1930s he spent time playing with Adrian Rollini's California Ramblers (and was the replacement trombonist for Tommy Dorsey), as well as with Arthur Lange, Ace Brigode, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Paul Whiteman, and Ozzie Nelson.

As a studio musician, Abe most prominently performed occasional solos and dixieland-stylings during the musical portions on the Old Time Radio show on NBC, Fibber McGee and Molly from the mid-40s until 1953 with the Billy Mills Orchestra.

In the 1930s and into the 1940s he work primarily in Los Angeles studios as a sideman. During the Dixieland revival of the 1950s his career saw a resurgence, playing with Wingy Manone, the Rampart Street Paraders, Red Nichols, Bob Scobey, Pete Fountain, Jack Teagarden, and Matty Matlock.

Lincoln played his trombone for music and sound effects "for Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker cartoons and some Buster Keaton comedies".[2]

He recorded with Wild Bill Davison and did freelance work into the 1970s, though he went into semi-retirement by the 1980s.

Personal life and final years[edit]

Lincoln married Isabelle Welch in early 1929 at age 20.[3] They had four children: Abe Jr, Joyce, Lois and Robert.[3]

He was a resident of Van Nuys, California.[1] from 1939 until his death.He retired around 1980 but would occasionally perform at weddings and other special occasions.[3] He died in 2000 in Van Nuys.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hard-Hitting Trombone Stylist". The Scotsman. republished at JazzHouse.org. 2000. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Levin, Floyd (November 1999). "Abe Lincoln". Jazz Journal International. republished with permission at abelincolntrombone.com. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Klett, Shirley (July 1989). "The Name is Abram". IAJRC Journal. 22 (3). International Association of Jazz Record Collectors; republished with permission at abelincolntrombone.com. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 

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