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Big Band Jazz Trombonist Bob Enevoldsen Dies At 85

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Bob Enevoldsen, a west coast musician best known for his exuberant jazz trombone playing with big bands, died November 19th at the age of 85.

Enevoldsen worked with Shelly Manne at Hermosa Beach jazz club The Lighthouse in the 1950s, and performed with Bobby Troup’s trio and Terry Gibbs’ big band. He also played with Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan and other leading jazz figures. Most recently, he performed with the Bill Holman and Jack Sheldon big bands, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Born to a violinist father who was a conductor at a local silent movie theater in Billings, Montana, Enevoldsen began playing violin at the age of 5. He received his bachelor’s degree in music in 1942 from the University of Montana, then played in the Army Air Forces band during World War II.

In 1946, he joined a a big band in Salt Lake City as a tenor saxophonist and began playing the valve trombone shortly after.

He spent the majority of his life playing music with bands, and working as a studio musician for television and film scores. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers