Grover Mitchell

Born: Mar. 17, 1930  Whatley, AL

Died: August 6, 2003

Jazz Trombone Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Grover Curry Mitchell (March 17, 1930 in Whatley, Alabama – August 6, 2003 in New York City's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) was a jazz trombonist and bandleader. He was born in Alabama, but his parents moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was eight. It was in Pittsburgh that he became interested in jazz.

 

He began on trombone in his teens after initially desiring to learn trumpet. However, his arms were considered long, so the school trained him in trombone as they needed trombonists more than trumpeters. In adulthood he worked with the United States Marines band, Lionel Hampton, and Duke Ellington. He became best known for his association with Count Basie, which began in 1962. He was lead trombone for Basie by 1970, but after that he took time off. He founded his own band in 1978 which he continued to lead even after returning to Basie's Orchestra in 1980. From 1995 until his death, he served as director of the Count Basie Orchestra. In that capacity he won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album twice.

Mitchell was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008.

Source: Grover Mitchell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Interview: An Interview with Grover Mitchell: Part 1

More info: Masterclass with Grover Mitchell: Advice for Lead Trombonists

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Obituary: Grover Mitchell: 1930-2003

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