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« on: Apr 19, 2017, 08:26PM »

I just heard from a friend that Charlie Small passed away.  I was very fortunate to have played in Charlie's last trombone choir performance. Charlie was a wonderful person and a fantastic musician.

Here is Charlie's website.

http://trombonistcharliesmall.tumblr.com

Charlie on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTneRO0hE3w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ggJVR4GlM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knVNvJYdCRM


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« Reply #1 on: Apr 20, 2017, 06:20AM »

That's sad news indeed. I got his phone number at one point and called him to ask more about "Conversation." He couldn't have been nicer or more generous with his time.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 20, 2017, 06:51AM »

What a great player! 

Another of the bigband 'originals' has gone, I hope someone has a record of his stories!
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 21, 2017, 03:06AM »

Sad News,

A great player and musician from an era when the trombone was a hip instrument.


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« Reply #4 on: Apr 26, 2017, 06:44AM »

Here is some more information about Charlie Small, with details about a memorial service that will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Saturday of this week. Also, Erik Ketcherside wrote a nice tribute to Charlie in 2015 that contains some great stories and information about him:

https://medium.com/@rathfulman/yards-and-yards-of-velvet-e3ed91d4c97d

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Charles (Charlie) Small, known both as a trombonist and composer, died on April 17 in Scottsdale Arizona; he was 90 years old.

Born in New York City on February 9, 1927 as Charles Srulowitz, Charlie became the youngest member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1944 when he joined the band at the age of 17. He went on to have an active career playing with numerous groups in New York City including the American Broadcasting Company Orchestra and the Dick Cavet Show; he also played on Urbie Green's legendary “21 Trombones” albums and made a play-along record of duets, “Little Jazz Duets," on the Music Minus One label. After living and working in Los Angeles from 1976-1979, he returned to New York City, playing Broadway Shows including “Evita" and “The King and I,” and working frequently on the New York club date circuit. He wrote his best known composition, “Conversation” for tenor and bass trombones, for himself and David Taylor; it was premiered at the New York Brass Conference for Scholarships. In 1988, the NYBCS published a book about Charlie and his career, “New York Brass Conference for Scholarships: Featuring Charlie Small” and he led a trombone ensemble near his home in Arizona for many years. He was a tireless supporter of Phoenix area trombone players and their activities and was often seen at recitals and concerts at Arizona State University and around the Phoenix area..

He will be missed by generations of trombonists who were touched by his music, his playing, his delightful sense of humor and his love for the trombone and the people who played it. A memorial service for Charlie Small will be held at Vi at Grayhawk where Charlie and his wife, Emily, have lived for the last several years:

Memorial service for Charles (Charlie) Small:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm
Vi at Grayhawk
7501 E. Thompson Peak Parkway
Scottsdale, Arizona

Other memorial arrangements are not known at this time.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 26, 2017, 08:22AM »

bill  watrous  played  next  to charlie  in nyc 
charlie  on 1st
 i think he  may have  used  a  model 4     
    i wish  i could  find  more of his  duets 
and  greatly  enjoy playing  the  ragged   thin  copy
  titles  like ///// tick  tock /// uppettity  downey/
and  now  hearing  one  in my  mind 
  ///////i think  i have  the  LP  too
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the  beautiful  ballad  style  fluid  smooth vibrato
 and  artie   sares  too ///murray
    oh  to play  one  note  as good ..........................
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the  modern  age  is to  say  nothing  with  many  notes
and  the  charlie  age to say much  w   one
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 26, 2017, 03:13PM »


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the  modern  age  is to  say  nothing  with  many  notes
and  the  charlie  age to say much  w   one
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 Good!

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 26, 2017, 11:28PM »

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the  modern  age  is to  say  nothing  with  many  notes
and  the  charlie  age to say much  w   one
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 Good!

Jim Scott
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