Phil Ranelin


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Musician, Trombonist

Phil Ranelin stood in line at school to pick an instrument for band. He really wanted the saxophone but when he got to the head of the line all the saxophones were gone and he was given a trombone. It was not his first choice, but he grew to love the instrument and in fact made it his own over the years by establishing his own unique sound. He helped redefine jazz in the 1960s and 70s with his band The Tribe and performed with a long list of innovative musicians including Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery.