Juan Tizol

Search on Amazon


San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican valve trombonist, arranger and composer, musically educated by his uncle Manuel. Tizol moved to the U.S. in 1920 and first met Duke Ellington while playing trombone in the pit of the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.. After spells with Bobby Lee's Cottonpickers and the White Brothers Band, Tizol joined Ellington in 1929 and stayed with him until 1944. Though an excellent ensemble player, Tizol declared himself more comfortable with 'legit' music ("I don't feel the pop tunes, but I feel La Gioconda and La Boheme") and rarely, if ever, improvised. Read more...


Character: Himself - Trombone

Caravan 1952