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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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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