Conrad Gozzo – radio show biography

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Conrad J. Gozzo (1922-1964) was an American trumpet player. Gozzo was a member of the NBC Hollywood staff orchestra at the time of his death in October, 1964.

Gozzo, lead trumpeter on the Glen Gray and Harry James “remakes”, recorded extensively with arrangers such as Van Alexander, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Ray Conniff, Jerry Fielding and Shorty Rogers, as well as accompanying Frank Sinatra. Gozzo always played lead trumpet on all of the recordings of his close friend, Henry Mancini. He was heard on many major live television shows aired on the NBC network, originating from Hollywood, including the Dinah Shore Show, between 1955 and 1964. Gozzo also played on several movie soundtracks, such as The Glenn Miller Story, The Benny Goodman Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Call Me Madom, Ben Hur, and Cleopatra.

“The Goz,” as he is often called was known for having the largest, most sonorous sound to ever ring through a trumpet’s bell. He shaped the concept of “the lead trumpet sound” in the swing era, characterized as a broad and beautiful tone that leads the big band and blankets it with a powerful sound. Gozzo’s lead trumpet concept remained the standard to which all others were compared throughout swing era.

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