Bill Rank

William C. Rank (June 8, 1904 – May 20, 1979) was an American jazz trombonist.

Bill Rank
Birth nameWilliam C. Rank
BornJune 8, 1904
Lafayette, Indiana, US
DiedMay 20, 1979 (aged 74)
Cincinnati
GenresJazz
InstrumentsTrombone
Associated actsBix Beiderbecke, Jean Goldkette

Rank was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on June 8, 1904, and initially worked in Indiana and Florida.[1] Between 1923 and 1927 he played with Jean Goldkette's band in Detroit and often recorded with Bix Beiderbecke.[1] After playing with Adrian Rollini in 1927 and a period as a freelance, Rank joined Paul Whiteman's band, and stayed until 1938.[1] He was then a studio musician in Hollywood into the early 1940s, when he moved to Cincinnati.[1] There, he led a tenet for the rest of the 1940s.[1]

Rank then changed to playing part-time while also working in insurance.[2] His one album as a leader, a tribute to Beiderbecke, was recorded in 1973.[2] Rank continued playing until a short time before his death, on May 20, 1979, in Cincinnati.[1]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

  • Bix's Gang Lives (Fat Cat's Jazz)

As sidemanEdit

With Bix Beiderbecke

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rank, Bill [William C.], Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, 2003, retrieved February 4, 2020
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Bill Rank". AllMusic. Retrieved February 4, 2020.