The Trombone Eloquence of Bill Bardin, Part 2: Integral Component, 1965-2000

Jazz trombonist Bill Bardin played gutty two-beat Stomps, sophisticated four-beat Swing and lowdown Blues. His rich tone and tasteful instrumental voice made him a stalwart of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Revival for nearly seven decades. Remarkably, Bill sustained a day job for 25 years driving a warehouse forklift full-time at a Del Monte canning plant from 1957 to 1982. Yet during that time, he was integral to the jazz ensembles of Dick Oxtot, P.T. Sta nton, Earl Scheelar and others. Bardin recalled colorful highlights from his life in Jazz for a 1994 interview which is fortified by rare photos and audio. On Turk Murphy and Kid Ory: "I became a Turk imitator. I never was a big Turk FAN. I am a great admirer of his part playing; the broad way that he plays parts in the band. And of course, from listening to the Hot Five records I was aware of Ory and an Ory fan. Then later Jim Robinson. Although I didn’t become a real fan of Jim Robinson’s until I saw him in person with the George Lewis band. Ory’s band was at the CIO Hall at 150 Gol
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