One of the best coordinated and most famous sections in the business, Dorsey’s “sliphorners” are regarded by other trombonists with a feeling almost akin to awe. The brilliant effects they create with their Bach trombones, the thrilling solidity of their upper range, the majestic flow of liquid tone for which Bachs are famous–man they chill ya’!
From left to right these artists are:
THOMAS B. “SONNY” LEE, born Huntsville, Tex., descendant of Robt. E. Less. Got himself a good teacher and “went to town.” Played with many famous bands including Paul Specht, Gene Goldkette, Isham Jones, Vincent Lopez, Artie Shaw, Bunny Berrigan, and Benny Goodman.
JERRY “HAPPY” ROSA, born New York. At 7 took up trombone, attended Utrecht H. S. and Brooklyn College, studied to be a dentist, but music won out. Is an all-around musician and can play symphony as well as dance. Was with Red Norvo and Van Alexander before joining Jimmy Dorsey.
DON “MATTY” MATTESON, born McCook, Nebr. Attended E. Denver H. S. and Univ. of Denver. Left Univ. to join Ralph Bennett, later with Ted Mack and Smith Ballew. Joined Dorsey Bros. in New York in 1933 and remained with original band when taken over by J. Dorsey. Like Sonny Lee, he has used a Bach for many years.
For a trumpet or trombone catalog write the
VINCENT BACH CORPORATION
621 E. 216th Street
New York, N.Y.
circa 1940’s (mfg. location used from 1928-1953)
Source: Jerry Rosa Collection