George Masso
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Jazz artist George Masso calls the trombone his primary instrument, but he is also at home with the piano and vibes. He worked as a music educator for almost 20 years, teaching in Rhode Island public schools and at the University of Connecticut. He holds an M.A. from Boston University.

His professional music career began with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1948. He went on to join the Benny Goodman Sextet and the Bobby Hackett Quintet. He spent several years with the World’s Greatest Jazz Band of Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart and toured throughout Europe, Australia, Japan and Scandinavia, in addition to performing at major U.S. jazz festivals.

Masso resided in New York City from 1976-1994 and was active in radio, TV, film, and advertising as a performer/composer/arranger. Among his credits are the soundtracks of several Woody Allen movies, an NBC production, “Sunshine's On The Way,” “The Terminator” (for TV), and “The Gig

Masso has recorded under his own name as well as with Woody Herman, George Shearing, Peggy Lee, the Lawson/Haggart Jazz Band, and other well-known artists. He has composed concert pieces for symphonic wind ensemble and chamber groups, several of which have been published. The most recent work is a CD recording by the George Masso Tentet entitled At Long Last Love for the Arbors Records jazz series.