Ray Linn

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Not related to actor-singer Ray Linn Jr. (1914-1994).

Ray Linn (born October 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois - died November 1996 in Columbus, Ohio) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Linn's first major engagements came in the late 1930s, playing with Tommy Dorsey (1938–41) and Woody Herman (1941-42). He would return to play with Herman again several times, in 1945, 1947, and 1955-59. In the 1940s he spent time with Jimmy Dorsey (1942–45), Benny Goodman (1943, 1947), Artie Shaw (1944–46), and Boyd Raeburn (1946). He moved to Los Angeles in 1945, where he worked extensively as a studio musician, in addition to playing with Bob Crosby (1950–51) and his extended final tenure with Herman. He spent much of the 1960s playing music for television, including The Lawrence Welk Show.

Linn recorded eight tunes as a leader in 1946, and full-length albums in 1978 and 1980, the latter of which are Dixieland jazz efforts.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Georgie Auld

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

With Louis Bellson

With Elmer Bernstein

With Buddy Bregman

With Hoagy Carmichael

With Maynard Ferguson

With Barney Kessel

With Pete Rugolo