Donn Trenner

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Donn Trenner
Donn Trenner with Helen Carr, Sammy Herman, Joe Bianco, Nola's, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947 (William P. Gottlieb 14521).jpg
Donn Trenner (right) with Helen Carr, Sammy Herman, Joe Bianco, Nola's, New York, N.Y. ca. February 1947.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb
Background information
Born (1927-03-10) March 10, 1927 (age 92)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Associated acts
  • Ted Fio Rito
  • Charlie Barnet

Donald "Donn" Trenner (born March 10, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American jazz pianist and arranger.


He began his career playing with Ted Fio Rito from 1943–45, and followed this with a slot in Buddy Morrow's orchestra in 1947. He worked with Charlie Barnet in 1951 and following this with Jerry Gray, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Georgie Auld, Jerry Fielding, Skinnay Ennis, Les Brown, Dick Haymes, Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLaine and Nancy Wilson. In 1957 he played with Oscar Pettiford and toured Europe in 1958 with Anita O'Day. He also toured with Bob Hope entertaining our troups. Additionally, he recorded with Tommy Dorsey, Vic Schoen, Howard McGhee, Francis Faye, Betty Roche, Nelson Riddle, Paul Broadnax, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster.

In the 1960s, Trenner worked as a studio musician, and led The Steve Allen Show house band.[1] He continued working in television throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Personal life[edit]

In the mid-1960s, Trenner was married to actress, voice actress and singer B.J. Ward, but they later divorced.[2] Later he married Marycarmen Jones (m.1990 - 2005). They had a daughter, Sara Trenner.


With Dave Pell

With Betty Roché

With Ben Webster


  1. ^ Paul Bass (May 31, 2013). "A Jazz Legend Reforms A "Meter Beater"". New Haven Independent.
  2. ^ Don Heckman (March 13, 1987). "B.J. Ward: She Talks A Good Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2017.

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