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date: 03 April 2020

Glenn, Tyree locked

(23 Nov. 1912 – 18 May 1974),
  • Scott Yanow

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jazz trombonist and vibraphonist, was born in Corsicana, Texas. His parents’ names are not recorded. Glenn began playing trombone when he was young and started his career working with local groups in Texas.

Glenn spent a long period performing with territory bands. He was featured with Tommy Mills's Orchestra, mostly in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, from 1934 to 1936; was in Los Angeles with Charlie Echols's big band in 1936; played with Eddie Barefield; and toured with Ethel Waters's backup band in 1939. After a brief stint with Benny Carter, he spent six years (1940–1946) with the Cab Calloway Orchestra. By then he was occasionally doubling on vibes (including on the recording of “Bye Bye Blues”) in addition to being the main trombone soloist. After leaving Calloway, Glenn toured Europe with Don Redman's band in 1946 staying overseas for a few months ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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