Born: November 30, 1931 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
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....
...one 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