American Music for Bass Trombone

Eric Ewazen (piano), Charles Vernon (bass trombone)

Catalog #: TROY0723
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Format: Digital

Charles Vernon joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1986 as bass trombonist, coming from the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he had served in that same position since 1981. Prior to that he held identical posts with the Baltimore Symphony (1971 to 1980) and the San Francisco Symphony (1980-1981). A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Mr. Vernon attended Brevard College and Georgia State University. His principal teachers were Edward Kleinhammer (bass trombone) and Arnold Jacobs (tuba), both former members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of Catholic University (1972-1980) and the Brevard Music center (1972-1981), he also taught at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is currently on the faculties of DePaul, Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities. A clinician for the Selmer Instrument Company and a frequent guest artist for the International Trombone Association, Mr. Vernon has made numerous appearances as a soloist throughout the world. He performs on a New York Bach 50 bass trombone. In April 1991, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim, he gave the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Concerto for Bass Trombone, which was commissioned by the Orchestra for its centennial.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Sonatina for Bass Trombone and Piano Halsey Stevens Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Eric Ewazen, piano
Two Songs for Bass Trombone and Piano Robert Spillman Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Eric Ewazen, piano
Concerto for Bass Trombone and Piano Eric Ewazen Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Eric Ewazen, piano
Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano Alec Wilder Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Eric Ewazen, piano
Bass Trombone Concerto John Williams Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Eric Ewazen, piano


  • "Vernon's musicality throughout the disc is subtle in some places and incredibly moving in others. The real highlights of the recording are his beautiful sonorous tone and luxurious lyrical playing..."

    – James Meador for The International Trombone Association Journal

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