Tyree Glenn

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Tyree Glenn
Tyree Glenn (Gottlieb).jpg
Background information
Born(1912-11-23)November 23, 1912
OriginCorsicana, Texas, US
DiedMay 18, 1974(1974-05-18) (aged 61)
Occupation(s)Trombone player, studio musician

Tyree Glenn, born William Tyree Glenn (November 23, 1912, Corsicana, Texas, United States,[1][2][3] – May 18, 1974,[1] Englewood, New Jersey), was an American trombone and vibraphone player.


Tyree played trombone and vibraphone with local Texas bands before moving in the early 1930s to Washington, D.C., where he performed with several prominent bands of the swing era.[1] He played with Bob Young (1930), and then he joined Tommy Myles's band (1934–36). After he left Myles, he moved to the West Coast, playing with groups headed by Charlie Echols (1936). Further, he played with Eddie Barefield (1936), Eddie Mallory's band (1937) and Benny Carter (1937) and played with Cab Calloway from 1939 to 1946.[1]

He toured Europe with Don Redman's big band (1946). From 1947 to 1951, he played with Duke Ellington as a wah-wah trombonist in the style originating with Tricky Sam Nanton and Ellington's only vibraphonist, being well-featured on the Liberian Suite.[1] After, he played also with Howard Biggs's Orchestra.

During the 1950s, Glenn did studio work,[1] led his quartet at the Embers, did some television, radio and acting work, and freelanced in swing and Dixieland settings. In 1953, he joined Jack Sterling's New York daily radio show, with which he remained until 1963. During 1965–68, he toured the world with Louis Armstrong's All-Stars and played until Armstrong died in 1971.[1] Later, Glenn led his own group during his last few years.[1]

He was also a studio musician and actor. He wrote "Sultry Serenade", which was recorded by Duke Ellington and Erroll Garner.[1] With a lyric added by Allan Roberts, this song became known as "How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me?" and was recorded by Frank Sinatra.[1]

Glenn lived in Englewood, New Jersey,[4] where he died of cancer at the age of 61. He was survived by two sons, Tyree Jr., and Roger, both musicians.[1]


  • 1957: At the Embers
  • 1958: Tyree Glenn at the Roundtable
  • 1958: Tyree Glenn's at the London House
  • 1959: Try A Little Tenderness – Tyree Glenn with Strings
  • 1960: Let’s Have a Ball – The Tyree Glenn Quintet
  • 1961: At the London House in Chicago
  • 1962: Trombone Artistry

With Louis Bellson and Gene Krupa

With Buck Clayton

With Jack Sterling Quintet

With Clark Terry


Independent Music Awards 2013: Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours - Best Reissue Album[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 983. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ "File:William Tyree Glenn Birth Certificate-2.PNG - Wikimedia Commons". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "File:William Tyree Glenn Birth Certificate-1.PNG - Wikimedia Commons". Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Tyree Glenn, Jazz Trombonist In Era of Big Bands, Dies at 61", The New York Times, May 20, 1974. Retrieved November 26, 2007.
  5. ^ Don Swaim. "WCBS Newsradio 88 - Jack Sterling". Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Anderson, Pete (April 2004). "The Plunger Mute and Tyree Glenn". The International Trombone Journal. 32 (2).
  7. ^ "12th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced!" Independent Music Awards, June 11, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2013.