[Dixielandjazz] Tenor Sax for Trombone

Larry Walton Entertainment - St. Louis larrys.bands at charter.net
Thu Jun 29 15:52:35 PDT 2006

I have had a lot of difficulty finding a Trombone player for my Dixie band that can both read and improv so I decided to switch over to having a Tenor rather than trombone.

When I play tenor in a Dixie band everything goes great as long as I'm not playing with a Trombone player.  The range is too similar and we get in each others way.

My question is does the style played by the Tenor differ much from what the Trombone does and can you freely switch the two?  I have listened to a lot of Dixieland bands and so few use tenors it's hard to get a feel for it.

I have transposed most of my book for Tenor and the sound seems to be OK and I don't dislike the blend we get.  Some of the Zep Meisner charts I have use both a tenor and Trombone but I've never heard them played with both instruments.

The guy I'm using on Tenor is very good but he asked me this same basic question.  Does the tenor pretend to be a trombone or does he do something different.

Maybe some of you could enlighten me.
St. Louis

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