Don Jacoby Plays Trumpet Solo Favorites – Full Album

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Don JacobyDon Jacoby Plays Trumpet Solo Favorites – Full Album

This is the record album from 1959 featuring Don Jacoby on trumpet playing some of the most popular trumpet solos of the day.

Plus you’ll hear some great playing from members of the accompanying orchestra too.

Listen especially for the full, resonant sound that he had, remembering this is recorded with the audio techology available in 1959.

Here’s the video (and enjoy reading the liner notes below it)…

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From the back jacket liner notes:

[“A searching study of the artistic possibilities of a fine musician and his horn, *Have Conns, Will Travel* silhouettes the many sides of Don Jacoby and a Conn trumpet against the perfectly balanced background of the Chicago Symphonic Band. A listening treat even to the untutored ear, the album consists of ten numbers in widely different styles, performed with striking brilliance and warmth of a man who obviously loves to play. Musicians will recognize this as a true *tour de force* by one of the most versatile trumpet artists in the world, as Jacoby’s big tone alternately spirals through solos, spearheads the brasses, or plaintively murmurs out a longing for some unknown.

Two of the numbers, ‘Soliloquy’ and ‘Jacob Jones,’ were composed and arranged by Jacoby and Hoyt Jones, a rising figure in composition and music education. Jones is also responsible for the ingenious arrangements of all the other numbers on side 2.

When asked why he included such diverse selections on one album, Don explained that he wanted to prove something to the thousands of students who have heard him in brass clinics. ‘I’ve been repeating what every instrumental teacher in the country knows – that no one can play good jazz until he’s learned to play legitimate music well,” Don said, “and I wanted this record to prove it.’

A man who has virtually let music leave his life, Don Jacoby has been traveling with trumpet since he was seven years old. As a youngster in York, Pa., Don made his professional debut when only nine years old, with the Spring Garden Band in York. His early training was of the traditional type – careful study of the classic disciplines of wind instruments.

For several years in his early teens, he made guest solo appearances with a number of bands in the East, as well as regular appearances on radio programs. For advanced studies he attended Ernest Williams School of Music in New York, to work under Dr. Williams, internationally famous cornet soloist, composer and teacher.

After graduation Don turned to the popular music field, to broaden his experience under such leaders as Van Alexander, Claude Thornhill and Les Brown. While in service bands during World War II, he worked with such musical giants as Vladimir Horowitz, Nathan Milstein, Fritz Kreisler and John Charles Thomas.

After leaving the service in 1945, he played with Les Brown and later Benny Goodman. In order to have more time with his family, he joined the studio orchestra of American Broadcast Company in Chicago. Since then, he has appeared on a number of programs as musical director as well as conductor and trumpet soloist, going to CBS in 1957.

First test of his forte as a brass clinician was at the annual Midwest Band Clinic in December, 1954. His clinic technique proved so popular that he finds himself ‘on the road’ once more – earnestly fulfilling the ever-increasing number of requests from schools, band festivals and musical conclaves throughout the nation. Though his clinic schedule take him far afield of his home, Don is nevertheless happy. ‘Music has been awfully good to me,’ he explains, ‘and Ihope that in my clinics I can do something for music in return for what it’s given me.’

Don’s virtuosity on the trumpet and cornet has also made him a favorite with leading composers of band music, several of whom have written trumpets works especially for Jacoby’s performance.

*Mr. Jacoby plays the 28A Connstellation cornett and the 38B Connstellation trumpet exclusively.*


Manufactured by RCA Custom Record Department for Musicade, Inc. Elkhart, Indiana

For the finest reproduction of this Ultra High Fidelity Recording use the RIAA curve position”]

If any viewers would care to forward more information about these sides and anything else about the sessions I will be happy to add it to this description, extending full credit if the contributor wishes it.


This original longplay soundtrack album was released as C-38B-1058 by Conn/Stellation Records circa 1959, and is part of my personal collection. I ripped its contents for my enjoyment and created this video hoping to share it with others who appreciate hard-to-find and obscure music. Should the current copyright holders require its removal from this site I will comply.

Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

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Really great playing, don’t you agree?

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