James Pankow, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

James Pankow“Wow! I really don’t know what the first album was that I ever bought. When I was growing up, I was more into jazz than pop because being a horn player that was my bag. That was the music that applied to my instrument. Back then, there was no room in rock ‘n’ roll for a bloody trombone.

My earliest record collection consisted primarily of jazz records – the Cannonball Adderly Sextet, the Crusaders, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, J.J. Johnson. And big bands like Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, that kind of stuff.

Nonetheless, I was into the Beatles and Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett. Back in the ‘60s, soul music was the music of the day.”

Trombonist-songwriter-arranger James Pankow and his bandmates in Chicago will hit the stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on 7:30pm Saturday in a double-bill with the Doobie Brothers.

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