Jack Sheldon

Born: November 30, 1931    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Jack Sheldon

Along with Lester Young in the 30s, Dizzy Gillespie in the 40s, and Zoot Simms in the 50s, Jack Sheldon is one of the Original Lions of the West Coast Sound. Jack's a premier improviser, is one of only a handful of trumpet players throughout jazz history who has developed his own distinctive “signature sound”. It's an inimitable sound that comes from his heart and soul, what Miles Davis called “a voice”.

As an integral part of the West Coast Scene of the 1950s, he played an important role in developing that era's bebop- inspired sound. His solid connection to that vibrant period in West coast Jazz surfaces with each impeccable solo....
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”Compelling and Highly Entertaining of the Consummate Musician, Irrepressible Comedian, and Ultimate Jazz Survivor, Jack Sheldon.” --Leonard Maltin-Entertainment Tonight

” of the world's great trumpet players” --David J. Spatz, Atlantic City News

”spontaneous, unpredictable, often outrageous wit” Stuart Troup, New York Times

”Jack Sheldon's trumpet, gleamed and glittered. Every note plump as a ripe, sweet, grape” --Tony Gieske, Hollywood Reporter

”a born entertainer” --John Contarino, Atlantic City Magazine

”unerring sense of swing” --Zan Stewart, Los Angeles Times

”his big, fat, trumpet sound is gorgeous” --Bob Comden, LA Jazz Scene

”...Hollywood's finest talent...bravura and style” --Bill Sanderson, Jazz Trumpet Journal

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