Santo Pecora (born Santo Pecoraro, March 21, 1902, New Orleans – May 29, 1984, New Orleans) was an American jazz trombonist known for his longtime association with the New Orleans jazz scene. His nickname was "Mr. Tailgate".
Pecora changed his name because his cousin, a drummer, was also named Santo Pecoraro. The two sometimes performed in ensembles together. Pecora began on French horn but settled on trombone as a teenager. He played in orchestras accompanying silent films as well as with the bandleaders Johnny De Droit and Leon Roppolo. He toured with singer Bee Palmer early in the 1920s, then joined the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the middle of the decade.
He moved to Chicago late in the decade, playing both in jazz bands and in theater palaces, then became a big band sideman in the 1930s. He toured with Sharkey Bonano in the 1930s, then played with Wingy Manone in California. In the 1940s he returned to New Orleans, where he continued working with Bonano in addition to regular gigs on riverboats and at nightclubs. He remained a staple of the local scene into the 1960s.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 21st, 1902 (New Orleans), Died New Orleans
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, trombone
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-32125||10-in.||3/26/1925||She's cryin' for me||New Orleans Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer, instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||B-32126||10-in.||3/26/1925||Everybody loves somebody blues||New Orleans Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer, instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BVE-45619||10-in.||6/11/1928||Georgia swing||Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-045934||10-in.||1/15/1940||She's crying for me||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||W140995||10-in.||9/24/1925||Zero||New Orleans Owls||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W147653||10-in.||12/16/1928||Baby||The Orleanians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||8902||10-in.||1/23/1925||Baby||Original New Orleans Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||8904||10-in.||1/23/1925||She's crying for me blues||Original New Orleans Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||C2382||10-in.||10/2/1928||She’s crying for me||Wynn's Creole Jazz Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||TC999-TC1000||10-in.||June 1926||She’s crying for me||Dewey Jackson ; Peacock Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pecora, Santo," accessed October 28, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107066.
Pecora, Santo. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107066.
"Pecora, Santo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.
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