Personalities | Miff Mole | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Trombone, 1898–1961)

A vital figure of the 1920s, Irving Milfred Mole was among the earliest trombonists with the virtuosity to express fully developed musical lines on an instrument largely still relegated to glissandos and rhythm accents. Mole elevated the instrument to first-chair status on hundreds of records and solos, many recorded with Red Nichols. He left jazz to work in radio after 1929, played in various traditional groups after the Second World War, and was reunited with Nichols in 1956 on the television show This Is Your Life.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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