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The Paul Tanner Electro-Theremin Page



Paul Tanner Biographical Sketch




-Born October 15, 1917, Skunk Hollow, Kentucky

-Played trombone with Glenn Miller through the extent of his civilian orchestra.

-Played trombone with Charlie Spivak, Les Brown, Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Frank Comstock, Billy May, and many others.

-First trombone for the American Broadcast Company (ABC) in Los Angeles for 16 years.

-Performed in all major movie, television, and recording studios in Los Angeles.

-Starred in several motion pictures, including "Sun Valley Serenade", "Orchestra Wives", and "The Glenn Miller Story".

-Arranger and composer.

-Performed with Eugene Ormandy, Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Meta, Walter Hendi, Andre Previn, etc.

-Graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) magna cum laude; awarded master and doctorate degrees. Taught at UCLA for 23 years.

-Awarded the title, "Distinguished Professor".

-Composed many published works for trombone at varying levels from complicated double concertos to easy solos for young players.

-Author of many books on trombone methodology.

-Developed an alternative version of the theremin called the "Electro-Theremin".

-Recorded the Electro-Theremin on many projects, including the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"; Frank Comstock's album, "Music From Outer Space"; TV shows, including "The D.A.'s Man", "My Favorite Martian", and "I Love Lucy"; and movies, including "Strait-Jacket".

-Author of the most used textbook on the history of jazz, "JAZZ"- now in its 8th edition.

-Co-author of the textbook entitled, "JAZZ STUDIES".

-Author of the books, "Every Night was New Year's Eve, on the Road with Glenn Miller", "Conversations with a Musician", and "Sideman: Stories About The Band"

-Wrote and composed a very successful film for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), "Discovering Jazz".

-Wrote and composed a TV special on Jazz for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

-Now lecturing internationally on the history of jazz and currently working on his latest book, a book of memoirs.