Santo Pecora

Santo Pecora (born Santo Joseph Pecoraro, March 21, 1902 – May 29, 1984) was an American jazz trombonist known for his longtime association with the New Orleans jazz scene.

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. 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.

He died in May 1984, in his hometown, at the age of 82.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 21, 1902 (New Orleans), Died May 29, 1984 (New Orleans)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, trombone

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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 (but nobody loves me) 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 July 15, 2024,

Pecora, Santo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 15, 2024, from

"Pecora, Santo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 July 2024.

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