Final Note: Robert Edmondson

Life Member. Trombone.
3/5/1935 – 5/29/2021

Robert (Bob) Edmondson, trombonist, passed away peacefully in Los Angeles on May 29, 2021.

As a young musician, Bob studied with Herbie Harper, Harold Mitchell, and Louis Maggio. He performed in Phil Moore’s Marching Band at Los Angeles City College and then his career took off. He traveled with the bands of Perez Prado and Harry James in the 1950s. Bob then worked and recorded with notable artists such as Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Shelly Manne, Terry Gibbs, and Gerald Wilson.

Bob also worked extensively as a studio musician on numerous scoring sessions for film and television productions, working with Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Jack Elliott, Allyn Ferguson, Quincy Jones, and John Williams.

In addition, Bob played an important role in the success of the Dick Grove Big Band as well as the Dick Grove School of Music.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Bob was an integral member of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, recording multiple albums and touring worldwide with the band (as well as providing comic relief).

Subsequently, Bob produced multiple albums for Joe Pass and for Hindsight Records.

Along with being an excellent musician, Bob was a loyal friend, loving husband, and devoted father, with an infectious smile. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Heather and Stephanie.

Should one wish to make a donation in Bob’s memory, the following would be graciously appreciated: