Between the 1930's and 1940's, John Best played trumpet for such big band greats as Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Les Brown and Bob Crosby.  He toured with Billy May,
Bob Crosby (Japan) and Ray Conniff (South America and Europe) between the 1950's and 1970's.  

Despite a serious injury in 1982 leaving John wheelchair bound, he continued to play into the mid-1990's, where he performed in various clubs in both Los Angeles and San Diego.

While touring in Australia in 1996, John lost his beautiful wife Mary Lou, who passed away due to sudden illness. With the loving support of friends and family, he continued to play the trumpet with his signature style. Among his many trumpet solos, his most memorable and personal favourite was "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael), which he first played in 1940 with Glenn Miller's band. Long live the great trumpet sounds of John M. Best.












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