Davis Shuman: neglected pioneer trombone soloist

In 1994, Michael Meckna issued the collective biography Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists. To my surprise, it didn’t include Davis Shuman. The careers of some of the people in the book would not have been conceivable without Shuman’s example. As I performed the research for my most recent book on the trombone, I found him absent from most of the rest of the literature. Davis Shuman biography Davis Shuman was born in the Ukraine in 1912. Pograms in conjunction with the Russian Revolution forced many Jewish families to leave. Shuman’s father relocated to Lawrence, Massachusetts in the late 1910s. The rest of … Continue reading