Trombonist Seymour Greene has Died

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Former Cpl. Seymour Greene, the last known surviving veteran of the all-Soldier variety show “This is the Army”. Greene toured the world with the show and its producer, famous songwriter Irving Berlin, during World War II to increase morale and raise money for Army Emergency Relief. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Wally Reeves, 55th Signal Company-Combat Camera)

SEYMOUR GREENE, 97 on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C. A trombonist who played with Jack Teagarden, Bob Zurke, and the Andrews Sisters during the 1930s and 40s, and who traveled the world with Irving Berlin performing in his This is the Army show (as well as the movie).

He was also a member of the Hot Kugel Klezmer Band that performed a traditional form of Eastern European Jewish dance music whose roots predated the Middle Ages. Remembering Sy, David Sager wrote, “I never heard anyone play such perfect harmony parts—by ear—ever.”

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