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30 May 1901, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, d. 11 June 1956, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As a teenager Trumbauer played various instruments, including piano and trombone, before concentrating on the C melody saxophone. He began leading a band while still in his teens and after military service in World War I played with several Midwestern dance bands. In the mid-20s he joined the Jean Goldkette organization, leading a band that included Bix Beiderbecke. Trumbauer and Beiderbecke made a number of fine small group recordings during this association, which continued until 1927 when they both joined a big band formed by Adrian Rollini. They then moved on together to the Paul Whiteman band, where Trumbauer remained until the early 30s. He briefly led his own band and was co-leader with Jack and Charlie Teagarden of the Three Ts band.
By the end of the decade he was working on the west coast. He quit music in 1939, taking up work in...