|Born||March 10, 1927|
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||May 16, 2020(aged 93)|
|Occupation(s)||Pianist, Conductor, arranger|
|Associated acts||Ted Fio Rito, Charlie Barnet.|
He began his career playing with Ted Fio Rito from 1943 to 1945, 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 the U.S. troops. Additionally, he recorded with Tommy Dorsey, Vic Schoen, Howard McGhee, Frances Faye, Betty Roche, Nelson Riddle, Paul Broadnax, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster.
Later, he married Marycarmen Jones in 1990 and divorced her in 2005. They had a daughter, Sara Trenner.
With Dave Pell
- Jazz & Romantic Places (Atlantic, 1955)
With Betty Roché
- Take the "A" Train (Bethlehem, 1956)
With Ben Webster
- The Warm Moods (Reprise, 1961)
- Paul Bass (May 31, 2013). "A Jazz Legend Reforms A "Meter Beater"". New Haven Independent.
- Don Heckman (March 13, 1987). "B.J. Ward: She Talks A Good Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Leave It To Me... My Life in Music, Donn Trenner and Tim Atherton