Simon Hugh Zentner (June 13, 1917 in New York City, United States – January 31, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American trombonist and jazz big-band leader.
Zentner played in the bands of Les Brown, Harry James, and Jimmy Dorsey in the 1940s, then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a studio musician. He also landed a job with MGM from 1949 to the mid-50s, and was involved in the music for films such as Singin' in the Rain and A Star Is Born.
The Zentner band began recording for Liberty Records in 1959, recording numerous successful pop/jazz albums during the 1960s and touring steadily with a large outfit. Zentner was a tireless promoter and claimed to have played 178 consecutive one-night performances when the band was at its peak. His ensemble was voted "Best Big Band" for 13 straight years by Down Beat, and Zentner himself was voted Best Trombonist in Playboy Jazz Readers' Poll. In 1962, his album Up a Lazy River (Big Band Plays the Big Hits, Vol. 2) (arranged by Bob Florence) won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Zentner's success was thoroughly unusual; he had a thriving big band going at a time when big band music was, for the most part, on the wane. He suffered from leukemia late in life, though he continued performing into 1999; he died of the disease in early 2000.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 13, 1917 (New York City), Died January 1, 2000 (Las Vegas)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1958
Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 69 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D7FB-1378||10-in.||10/15/1947||Hershele at the Boilesque||Mickey Katz ; Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-1379||10-in.||10/15/1947||Hershele at the induction center||Mickey Katz ; Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-1380||10-in.||10/15/1947||Yiddish square dance||Mickey Katz ; Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-1381||10-in.||10/15/1947||Haim afen range||Mickey Katz ; Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-2141||10-in.||12/2/1947||Hershele at the wedding||Mickey Katz ; Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-2142||10-in.||12/2/1947||Tico rico (Tickle kitzel)||Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-2143||10-in.||12/2/1947||The draidle song||Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-2144||10-in.||12/2/1947||Chlo-e||Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-2145||10-in.||12/2/1947||Tsatzki kozatzki||Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||D7FB-2146||10-in.||12/2/1947||Hensel un Genzel||Kosher-Jammers||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67511||10-in.||4/9/1940||Love (Your magic spell is everywhere)-1||Les Brown Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67512||10-in.||4/9/1940||Comanche war dance-1||Les Brown Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67513||10-in.||4/9/1940||A mellow bit of rhythm-1||Les Brown Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||67514||10-in.||4/9/1940||Walkin' and swingin'-2||Les Brown Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72394||10-in.||9/25/1944||Moon on my pillow||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72395||10-in.||9/25/1944||Sweet dreams, sweetheart||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72574||10-in.||11/21/1944||More and more||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72575||10-in.||11/21/1944||I dream of you (more than you dream I do)||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72576||10-in.||11/21/1944||Magic in the moonlight||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72577||10-in.||11/21/1944||Do you know I care? (or don't you care to know?)||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72685||10-in.||1/11/1945||Twilight time||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72686||10-in.||1/11/1945||El Rancho Vegas||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||72687||10-in.||1/11/1945||I should care||Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||L 4321||7/11/1946||Talking is a woman||Hoagy Carmichael||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Decca||L 4322||11/7/1946||Ole buttermilk sky||Hoagy Carmichael||instrumentalist, trombone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Zentner, Si," accessed April 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/352073.
Zentner, Si. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/352073.
"Zentner, Si." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 April 2023.
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