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It is no small wonder that the National Association of
Recording Arts and Sciences awarded George Bohanon the
"Most Valuable Player" award in 1980. His genius
approach to trombone playing creates a lyrical quality
that rates high in tone color and dynamics. His
evolution as a jazz musician has put him in the
company of Kenny Burrell, Yusef Lateef, Barry Harris,
and Donald Bird, to name a few. He was also a member
of the Chico Hamilton Quintet with Charles Lloyd and
Gabor Szabo in the early 1960s.

Born in Detroit Michigan, Bohanon began playing
trombone at the age of eight. He attended Northwestern
High School, Wayne State University, and the Detroit
Institute of Musical Arts, where he decided to pursue
a career as a musician. Some of his greatest
influences were J. J. Johnson, Miles Davis, Charlie
Parker, and John Coltrane.

Motown Records hired Bohanon as their first
trombonist, a position he held for some seven years,
accompanying artists such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye,
Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and many more. In 1968
Bohanon moved to Los Angeles and became very active in
the jazz and recording studio scenes. In addition to
his position with the UCLA Jazz Studies Program, he is
also a music contractor, a signatory to the American
Federation of Musicians, a music publisher, writer,
arranger, producer, clinician, and performer.

 

 

 

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