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Jack Sohmer

jazz trombonist, was born James Osborne Young in Savannah, Georgia. His father was a railroad worker and his mother was a schoolteacher and seamstress (both names unknown). His uncle was a trombonist who played with James Reese Europe's ragtime band. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, following his father's death in 1918, Young began playing trumpet and then trombone in the school band and took lessons from John Nick, a brass teacher from the Jenkins Orphanage Band. Young left school before graduation and moved to Washington, D.C., where he took a job as an elevator operator and began to play music professionally, first with Frank Betters and then with Booker Coleman's Hot Chocolates. Young also played with the Hardy Brothers Orchestra and Elmer Calloway before joining the band of drummer Tommy Myles who gave Young his nickname Trummy likely a reference to the trombone the only ...