Lee O’Connor was a noted trombone player in the golden era of the big bands. His experience on the radio, traveling from town to town for name and territory bands, reflected the struggles of the Great Depression and the amazing impact music had on people. Lee was hired by Harry James at the most popular point of Harry’s orchestra and stayed with the group for four years. The band recorded hits like “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Two O’Clock Jump” and “It’s Been a Long Long Time” all of which include Lee’s trombone. He later enjoyed a successful run with Dick Jurgen’s Orchestra, where Lee specialized in ballads. In later years he formed his own group and played around the world. Lee’s NAMM Oral History interview was completed on August 24, 2000.
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