Leo Adelman


Oral History Information

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Musician, Music Advocate

Leo Adelman spent much of his life playing the jazz trumpet. In retirement, he spends a great deal of time playing and promoting jazz throughout San Diego County. When the NAMM Oral History Program was established in 2000, Leo was among the first to help arrange interviews with many of his friends, who happened to be top jazz performers. These musicians provided helpful insight into the history of their instruments as well as the art of playing jazz, including: bassists Chubby Jackson and Artie Shapiro, pianist Donn Trenner, drummer Don Loeffler, and the world-renowned arranger and composer, Sammy Nestico.