Major Pigford


Pigford had the distinction of playing in three of the key bands in Jackson Street jazz history: Billy Tolles and the Savoy Boys, the Al Pierre Band and the Bumps Black Junior Band. A Garfield High School graduate, Pigford asked Frank Waldron for lessons, but the fastidious teacher said he didn’t know enough about trombone to take him on, so Pigford learned his instrument from the music teacher at Garfield, Parker Cook. Pigford gave up music in 1953 and went to work for the Pacific Northwest Theatre Association as a bookkeeper.

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