Randy Aldcroft was born in Toronto Canada and studied the trombone with Harry Hawe, the first trombone with the Toronto Symphony.
After moving to Los Angeles with his family he studied arranging and composition in high school, forming a 'big band' with great LA musicians like Joe Mainey, Conte Condoli, Frank Rosolino, Bill Perkins and Ollie Mitchell and Joe Pass.
After joining the US Army, he spent 3 years in the Norad Band as the lead trombone, bass trombone and on the arranging staff, concertizing all over the world and recording music for the Armed Forces Radio Network.
He returned to Los Angels, freelancing. He worked for the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Co. playing more than 30 musicals. He played on the Dinah Shore TV Show for 5 years on the trombone, euphonium and as an arranger, the Merv Griffin Show, the Tonight Show with Carson and Leno as trombonist and arranger, the Carol Burnett Show and many others. He played on "Operation Entertainment" with the Terry Gibbs Band. He also has worked with the big bands of Mike Barone, Bob Florence, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Bill Holman, Toshiko Aikioshi, Louis Belson, Slide Hampton, Gordon Brisker, Frank Capp, Henry Mancini, Bill Potts, Dee Barton, Dick Cary, Jack Sheldon, Don Menza and with Kai Winding with his trombone quartet.
Randy has played/recorded with Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, The Spinners, The Commadores, Tom Waits, Elvis Presely, The Beach Boys, Big Voodoo Daddy, Puff Daddy, Herb Alpert, Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder, Gladys Night, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Julio Inglesias, Carlos Santana, The Academy Awards with Randy Newman and many movies.
He has a jazz composition, "Breakfast Wine" in the Real Book, also recorded by Bobby Shew (the title of the Album). He has other recorded songs, "Trickey Lix", recorded by Jim Self (the album's title) and "Somebody's Samba" on the same album. He has "Love Song" on a Gordon Brisker album played by Tom Harrel.
Randy has many arrangements published for all size groups, from his new Jazz Duets for Trumpet/Trombone to "legit" brass quintet pieces. He is teaching the tenor and bass trombones and the euphonium.
Jazz Duets by Randy Aldcroft, Hollywood Trombonist.
These duets are all written in bass clef. Volume 1 is written up to a G above middle C; Volume 2 goes up to high B and Volume 3 up to a high E. Each volume contains a bossa nova, a jazz waltz, a ballad and some straight 8th. note music (rock). There are lots of running 8th note patterns and big band- like shout choruses. Volumes 1 & 2 are high school and college level. Volume 3 is quite difficult because of the range and these duets are mostly 4 pages in length. The tenor / bass and bass / bass duets are on the way. - Randy Aldcroft (Randy Guy Music, BMI)
3 volumes of 12 (one in each key) with chord changes
melodic, swinging duets...Charlie