Trombone SilhouteWhile the word jazz often brings to mind the saxophone, the trombone was at the forefront of this genre from its inception, starting with the brass and dance band days, leading into the ragtime and Dixieland bands, and eventually swing. Many of the trombonists from this time have been forgotten by jazz historians, with only minor references to them as performing with such figures as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. During this period many trombonists were responsible not only for innovations in the area of trombone performance, but to the new genre in general: Jack Carey with his now famous tune Jack Carey/Tiger Rag, Tom Brown with his Jass band, and “Kid” Ory for promoting “King” Oliver, his recordings of the first black Dixieland band and radio performances.