Jack Jenney

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Truman Eliot "Jack" Jenney (May 12, 1910 – December 16, 1945) was a jazz trombonist.

Born in Mason City, Iowa, Jenney first played trumpet, then switched to trombone.[1] His father was a musician and music teacher.[2] Jenney performed in his father's band from age 11, but his professional work began with Austin Wylie in 1928.[2] He would go on to work with Isham Jones, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, Mal Hallett, and Waring's Pennsylvanians, and appear in the film Syncopation.[2] He has been called "the greatest trombonist of the Big Band era"[3] and won the DownBeat Reader's Poll for trombone in 1940.[4]

He led his own band for a year in 1938–39, but it was a financial failure.[1] He was drafted into the United States Navy in 1943, but also played as a studio musician the following year.[1] He died on December 16, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, from complications following an appendectomy.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jenney, Jack [Truman Elliot]". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. 2003. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J229000. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d All Music
  3. ^ Des Moines Register
  4. ^ Down Beat Readers' Poll

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