Lou Colombo (1927 - 2012)
In the 1940's, Lou Colombo began playing trumpet in a guitar and mandolin group
at weddings and town events and remembers earning 67 cents for his first job. After
playing the local circuit for a few years, in the
to start his own band, with Dick Johnson and Dave McKenna, and they worked in
Lou Colombo went on the road with Buddy Morrow, Prez Prado, and Dick Johnson
and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. Next, he spent 15 years traveling back and forth playing
East to West coasts on his trumpet, flugel horn, baritone horn and "pocket trumpet" a tiny,
eye-catching trumpet only 8-10 inches long.
He was part of the Cape
Cod jazz scene since 1950's, when he commuted from
to play big band dates at the Mill Hill Club in
jazz scene was still strong on Cape Cod so
He started off at the top,
playing the Velvet Hammer in
McKenna. One of his
idols, Bobby Hackett, relocated to
Bobby," recorded with McKenna and Gray Sargent on guitar.
Lou performed at the 2007 Provincetown Jazz Festival.