Stan Pethel, the Professor of Music Emeritus from Berry College, sent me a cassette he found recently that was recorded 40 years ago at the 1978 International Trombone Workshop. The gem on the cassette was the performance of then 40-year old Bill Watrous. With his trademark facility throughout the trombone’s entire range and unparalleled lyricism, Bill performed three tunes that night: Here’s that Rainy Day, Irving Mill’s Blue Lou, and A Night in Tunisia.
These recordings remind us that there was very little that Bill couldn’t do with the trombone. From effortless double high G’s to pedal tones to harmonic excursions in multi-phonics, Bill was an undisputed master of the trombone and will continue to serve as an important reminder of our instrument’s vast possibilities.
Here are the three tunes: