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Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton

Perhaps one of the most colorful trombonists ever, Tricky Sam Nanton’s knowledge using the plunger mute (emitting a big range of growls and colorful shades) was a significant section of Duke Ellington’s first sound and offers rarely been duplicated since (although Quentin Jackson sometimes came close). He obtained early experience using rings led by Cliff Jackson and Elmer Snowden, and documented with Thomas Morris, but after middle-1926 Nanton was just noticed with Duke Ellington’s orchestra and little groups; he under no circumstances led an archive time of his very own. Nanton designed for a perfect group with trumpeter Bubber Miley and, when Miley was changed by Cootie Williams in 1929, Nanton helped to inspire younger trumpeter to develop on Miley’s function. He was well highlighted on many traditional recordings (including “East St. Louis Toodle-oo” and “Dark and Tan Illusion”) and was a significant appeal with Ellington until his premature loss of life in 1946.

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