Jack Redmond

Oral History Information

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Musician, Arranger

Jack Redmond began playing the trombone at the age of nine, thanks largely to his mother’s support, who herself played the C-Melody Horn in movie theaters for Silent Films. Jack played throughout school and during his Air Force career, then soon hit the road touring with a number of Big Bands during the great swing era. He was in the bands of such leaders as Les Elgart, Claude Gordon, Jerry Gray, Sy Zentner (yes he played on Sy’s biggest hit “Up a Lazy River”) as well as Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Jack was with the Brown band for over 40 years and toured with them and Bob Hope to Vietnam to entertain the troops six different times in the 1960s and 70s! In the early 2000’s Jack joined the Big Band Alumni, which has been delighting music lovers and dancers in the Los Angeles area ever since.