VanPort Jazz

Big Band Jazz

Tony adams - trombone


Tony Adams sits in the 3rd Trombone chair, responsible, as he says “for all the color notes” in the section. Originally from the SF Bay Area, where he studied Tuba with Will Sudmeier (making All-State band in HS), Tony took up the Bass Trombone in 1972. With tutelage from trombonists John Maltester and Dan Livesay, he learned to fumble with the infinitely-tuning instrument well enough to fool musicians into letting him play with them.

Motivated by a 1973 master class with trombone legend Urbie Green, Tony expanded into tenor trombone, playing in a variety of genres over the decades, including funk, rock, Dixieland, big band, jazz combo, wind ensembles, orchestral, brass quintets, and even a recent Trad Irish session in Dublin (albeit on his first instrument, the harmonica). Tony maintained his chops as a community member of the Pacific University Wind Ensemble for over 25 years, while simultaneously pursuing jam session opportunities on his international business travels, where he has been fortunate to play with the likes of Kenny Cox, Jimmy Brown, Jerry Bergonzi, Jeff Galindo, Rebecca Parris, and many other Actual Jazz Musicians©.

Tony, an architectural lighting designer/engineer by occupation, has played in many Big bands over the decades, but feels he has found a home in the VanPort Jazz ensemble, where talented bandmates patiently tolerate share his warped humor, and parking is free.

Tony’s Equipment:

1977 King 3B tenor trombone / Doug Elliot ST99/C/C3 mouthpiece

1971 King Duo Gravis bass trombone / Jerome Callet BD27 mouthpiece