James E. Pugh

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James Pugh
Background information
Birth nameJames Edward Pugh
Born (1950-11-12) November 12, 1950 (age 72)
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresJazz, classical, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

James Edward Pugh (born November 12, 1950) is an American trombonist and composer. He was a trombonist with Woody Herman (1972–1976) and briefly with Chick Corea before concentrating on session work.

Early life[edit]

Pugh was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, on November 12, 1950.[1] Pugh began playing the trombone around the age of ten.[1] He attended the Eastman School of Music from 1968 to 1972, where he played in an ensemble under Chuck Mangione.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

Pugh toured and recorded with the Woody Herman Band for four years from 1972,[1] and briefly performed with Chick Corea in 1977.[1] He then concentrated on studio session work for jazz and popular musicians.[1] In 1984, he was co-leader for the album The Pugh–Taylor Project.[1] He also composed for and played on the album X Over Trombone.[2]



  • 1981: Crystal Eyes (Pewter)
  • 1984: The Pugh /Taylor Project (DMP)
  • 2001: Pugh Mosso
  • 2002: E'nJ "Legend and Lion" with Eijiro Nakagawa Japanese release
  • 2004: Echano
  • 2004: E2'nJ2 (TNC)
  • 2006: E'nJ Just Us
  • 2007: X Over Trombone (Albany)
  • 2007: Holly and the Ivy
  • 2012: The Devil's Hopyard (Jazzmaniac)
  • 2012: Pugh Taylor II (Pewter)

As sideman

Broadway Recordings

Motion picture soundtracks (featured soloist)

Classical (not as soloist)

  • Mass, Charles Wuorinen
  • Ponder Nothing, The Chamber Music of Ben Johnston, Music Amici
  • The Music of Irwin Bazelon
  • Collage – New York Trombone Quartet
  • Bright Sheng: Lacerations, 92nd St. Y Orchestra, Gerard Schwartz, conductor
  • EOS Orchestra
  • Concordia Orchestra
  • The Silk Road Project with YoYo Ma
  • The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble Plays the Music of James Pugh and Daniel Schnyder, Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kernfeld, Barry (2002). "Pugh, Jim [James Edward]". Grove Music Online (8th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-1-56159-263-0. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Manheim, James. "Jim Pugh: X Over Trombone". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2021.

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