Thomas S. McIntosh (December 6, 1927[1] - July 26, 2017)[2] was an American jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, and conductor.

Tom McIntosh
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McIntosh receives the Jazz Master award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008. The award is the highest honor in jazz in the United States.
Background information
Birth nameThomas S. McIntosh
Born(1927-12-06)December 6, 1927
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
DiedJuly 26, 2017(2017-07-26) (aged 89)
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, composer, arranger, conductor

McIntosh was born in Baltimore, Maryland and studied at Peabody Conservatory. He was stationed in West Germany after World War Two.[3] He played trombone in an Army band, and eventually graduated from Juilliard in 1958. He played in New York City from 1956, with Lee Morgan, Roland Kirk, James Moody (1959, 1962) and Art Farmer and Benny Golson (1960).

McIntosh was baptized a Jehovah's Witness on August 13, 1960.

In 1961, McIntosh composed a song for trumpet legend Howard McGhee. In 1963, he composed music for Dizzy Gillespie's Something Old, Something New album. The following year his composition Whose Child Are You? was performed by the New York Jazz Sextet, of which he was a member. He also worked with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis later in the 1960s.

In 1969, McIntosh gave up jazz and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television composing. He wrote music for The Learning Tree, Soul Soldier, Shaft's Big Score, Slither, A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich, and John Handy.

In 2008, McIntosh was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts [4]

McIntosh died in his sleep on July 26, 2017 [5]


As arrangerEdit

With Art Blakey

With Illinois Jacquet

With James Moody

With Bobby Timmons

With Milt Jackson

As sidemanEdit

With Art Farmer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Eddie Harris

With Jimmy Heath

With Milt Jackson

With John Lewis

With Jack McDuff

With James Moody

With Oliver Nelson

With Shirley Scott

With Jimmy Smith


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