Primarily known for his sessions with West Coast Jazz musicians of the '50s and '60s, Jack Millman played trumpet, flugelhorn and piano, but also had good skills as arranger, composer and producer.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, on November 21, 1930, into a musical family - his father being Canadian concert pianist Harry Millman, who worked with 20th Century Fox among other Hollywood studios. Jack was engaged in music study from an early age, at first learning violin, and then moving to bass before settling on trumpet.
Millman was 17 when he joined Lionel Hampton’s band for a 6-week stint in Los Angeles, a stint that was interrupted by the draft. However, after completing his military service, Jack Millman returned to his life as a working musician. By 1952, he was playing and touring with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. In 1955, he heard the calling of the Perez Prado Orchestra and toured all...