- Jack Sohmer
jazz trombonist, was born Albert Victor Dickenson in Xenia, Ohio, the son of Robert Clarke Dickenson, a plastering contractor and amateur violinist. His mother's name is unknown. Using his brother Carlos's instrument he began to play trombone in high school. In 1921 he played with the Elite Serenaders while also working days for his father as a plasterer, but after suffering a severe back injury as a result of a fall from a ladder, he decided to concentrate on music exclusively. Around 1922 his family moved to Columbus, where he and his brother, now a saxophonist, started working with local bands. In 1925 he played his first professional job with Don Phillips in Madison, Wisconsin, and after returning home he heard and was influenced by the trombonists Claude Jones and Dicky Wells He was particularly impressed by their smooth tones and deceptively easy techniques virtues that he ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.