John P. Smith

John P. Smith was one of thousands of young musicians who toured the country on the buses, cars, and trains that carried the territory bands of the swing era from high school sock hops to hotel ballrooms. John’s trombone skills made him a sought-after musician who worked with several of the name bands of the 1930s and 40s, including the Artie Shaw Orchestra. John’s love of music only increased over the years. Even in his 90’s, John was playing with the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra in San Diego, CA.  

Interview Date:
June 3, 2003
Date of Birth:
November 15, 1910
Deceased Date:
October 8, 2008
Job Title:
Musician, Trombonist

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