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James Pankow

The influential trombonist and composer for the jazz-rock group Chicago, James Pankow was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 20, 1947. He ended up playing trombone by accident (the other, "cooler" instruments had been distributed). Following the move to the city of Chicago, Pankow fell in love with the horn, even playing it during three years ... See full bio »

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 2013 Clear History (TV Movie) (writer: "Colour My World")
 2011-2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 20 episodes)
- Episode #21.148 (2013) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.145 (2013) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
- Eva Longoria/Terry Crews/Cavalia's Odysseo (2013) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.108 (2013) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
- Episode #21.41 (2012) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
 2012 OrdinaryMan (Short) (arranger: "Colour My World") / (writer: "Colour My World")
 2012 This Is 40 (writer: "Old Days")
 2012 Chicago World Tour 2011: Backstage Pass (Video) (writer: "Make Me Smile", "Searchin'", "Feelin' Stronger Everyday", "Just You n Me")
 2012 Parenthood (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- My Brother's Wedding (2012) ... (writer: "Colour My World" - uncredited)
 2011 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #19.44 (2011) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.38 (2011) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.11 (2011) ... (writer: "Make Me Smile" - uncredited)
 2009 American Dad! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Brains, Brains and Automobiles (2009) ... (writer: "Colour My World")
 1991-2009 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Take My Life, Please (2009) ... (writer: "Colour My World" - uncredited)
- The Wandering Juvie (2004) ... (writer: "Colour My World" - uncredited)
- Homer the Moe (2001) ... (writer: "Colour My World")
- The Way We Was (1991) ... (writer: "Colour My World" - uncredited)
 2004 Starsky & Hutch (writer: "Old Days")
 2002 Sonny (writer: "Make Me Smile")
 2000 Almost Famous (writer: "Colour My World")
 1979 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Johnny Comes Back (1979) ... (writer: "Alive Again")
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Since 1993, he has played a Yamaha YSL691 with a .508 bore, an 8" brass bell, and a nickel slide. On recordings, Chicago usually triple-tracks the horns, and he will use a tenor with a trigger to hit the low notes (he played bass trombone for a year at Quincy college). Prior to 1993, he used a King 2B (both brass and silver models), and a sterling silver King 3B. See more »



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