Conrad Gozzo

Conrad J. Gozzo (1922–1964) was an American trumpet player born in New Britain, Connecticut on February 6, 1922. Gozzo was a member of the NBC Hollywood staff orchestra at the time of his death on October 8, 1964. He died at the age of 42 of a heart attack.

He played with Isham Jones (1938) and Red Norvo (1940), then performed and recorded with Bob Chester (1941) and Claude Thornhill (1941-2). After working with Benny Goodman (1942) he joined the navy and played in a band led by Artie Shaw (1942-4). He rejoined Goodman in 1945, then toured and recorded with Woody Herman (he was featured as a soloist on "Stars fell on Alabama", 1946 Col.37197and performed with Boyd Raeburn and Tex Beneke (1947). In Los Angeles he played on Bob Crosby's radio broadcasts (1947–51). Gozzo was highly acclaimed as a lead trumpeter and was much in demand as a studio musician; he also took part in sessions with Les Brown (1949), Jerry Gray (1949–53), Ray Anthony (1951-8), Billy May (1951–64).

Gozzo, lead trumpeter on the Glen Gray, Stan Kenton, and Harry James "remakes", and in Dan Terry's 1954 Columbia sessions, recorded extensively with arrangers Van Alexander, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Ray Conniff, Jerry Fielding and Shorty Rogers, and also with performers Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Gozzo played first trumpet on all of the recordings of composer Henry Mancini. He routinely performed on many major live television shows which were broadcast on the NBC network, including the Dinah Shore Show (1955 through 1964). Gozzo also performed on motion picture soundtracks including The Glenn Miller Story, The Benny Goodman Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Call Me Madam, Ben-Hur and Cleopatra. He also performed on the Ella Fitzgerald two-record set on Verve (Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook).

Gozzo's nicknames were "Goz" and "Gopher", due to his resemblance to a gopher when viewed from the front while he was playing. He was considered by his colleagues as being an exceptionally strong trumpeter with a well-developed range and tonal quality. For most of his recording career, he played a Besson Meha trumpet with a custom Bert Herrick mouthpiece. Occasionally, he played a Chicago Benge or a LeBlanc Gozzo model trumpet.

"Trumpeter's Prayer," was composed by Tutti Camarata for Gozzo, and "Portrait of Trumpet" by Sammy Nestico was written as a posthumous tribute.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 6th, 1922 (New Britain), Died October 8th, 1964 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1960

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 190 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 81383 8/13/1951 Dreamy melody Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81384 8/13/1951 Darling, how could you? Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81385 8/13/1951 V hop Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81435 8/20/1951 Jeep jockey jump Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81436 8/20/1951 Georgia on my mind Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81437 8/20/1951 Who's sorry now? Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 81438 8/20/1951 St. Louis blues Jerry Gray Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85530 12/1/1953 Moonlight serenade Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85531 12/1/1953 Tuxedo junction Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85532 12/1/1953 Little brown jug Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85533 12/1/1953 St. Louis blues march Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85534 12/1/1953 In the mood Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85535 12/1/1953 Chattanooga choo choo Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85536 12/1/1953 Pennsylvania 6-5000 Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85537 12/1/1953 American patrol Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 85566 12/1/1953 A string of pearls Universal International Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89016 August 1955 Let's dance-1 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89017 August 1955 Down south camp meetin'-2 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89018 August 1955 King Porter stomp-2 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89019 August 1955 It's been so long Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89020 August 1955 Roll 'em-5 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89021 August 1955 Bugle call rag Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89022 August 1955 Don't be that way-4 Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89023 August 1955 You turned the tables on me Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca 89024 August 1955 Goody goody Benny Goodman and his Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 1-25 of 190 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gozzo, Conrad," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/318526.

Gozzo, Conrad. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/318526.

"Gozzo, Conrad." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/318526

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