Yank Lawson

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Yank Lawson was one of the premiere Trumpeters of the Big Band Era.  He's most known for his work with Bob Crosby and the Bobcats, but also spent time in the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

Lawson began to build his name while in the Ben Pollack Orchestra in 1933.  In the mid-1930's he became a founding member of Bob Crosby's Bobcats.  Yank's trumpet played an intrical part of the Bobcat's Dixieland sound.

Yank Lawson also spent parts of his career as a highly sought out studio musician, and he also led his own Dixieland orchestra for a time.  Lawson would later move on to form the very successful "World's Greatest Jazz Band" with Bob Haggart.

Listen to a V-Disc featuring Yank Lawson from 1945

You can hear the fierce and fiery trumpet playing of Yank Lawson right here on Swing City Radio.

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