- John Chilton
(b Xenia, OH, Aug 6, 1906; d New York, NY, Nov 16, 1984). American jazz trombonist. He was first regarded as a section trombonist and rarely took solos, even during his tenures with Claude Hopkins (1936–9) and Count Basie (1940). However, in the early 1940s he emerged as a highly individual stylist whose improvisations exhibited a rare blend of humor and relaxation. One of the most consistent mainstream jazz musicians, Dickenson had a professional career that spanned more than 60 years. His husky tone was always personal, and he was inventive at any tempo. He seemed equally at home with such diverse stylists as Sidney Bechet and Lester Young, and he was also a masterful accompanist of singers, plying them with soft asides that were always apt. A number of recordings made with his own septet for Vanguard in 1953 and 1954 (with Ruby Braff and Edmond Hall) rank among the finest examples of mainstream jazz....