George Masso

George Masso was born in Cranston, Rhode Island on November 17th 1926. His primary instrument is the trombone, but he is at home with the piano and vibes. He was inspired to take up the trombone in his teens by Lou McGarity's record "Yours" which he had heard on the radio. Jack Teagarden and Trummy Young were also major influences and at 22 Masso found himself working with Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra for two years, but gave up professional music for teaching to support his wife and family.

In 1973, with his children grown up, he began to look at the possibility of professional music again, with the encouragement of friends including Bobby Hackett. He worked with Hackett, with Benny Goodman for a year and a half, with Bobby Rosengarden's band at the Rainbow Room and at Eddie Condon's.

He is an elegant, highly gifted trombonist with a perfectly musical approach.

Recommended recordings:"Just for a Thrill"Sackville SKCD2-2022
"Let's be Buddies"
with Dan Barrett
Arbors ARCD 19127
"Where the Tenor meets the Bone"
with Arnie Krakowsky
Seaside SSAK 139