's life ended (killing himself after shooting his two sons) has largely overshadowed his earlier musical accomplishments. One of the top trombonists of the 1950s,
's fluid and often-humorous style put him near the top of his field for awhile.
He was a guitarist when he was ten, but switched to trombone as a teenager. After serving in the military, Rosolino
played with the big bands of Bob Chester
, Glen Gray
, Gene Krupa
(1948-1949), Tony Pastor
, Herbie Fields
, and Georgie Auld
. However, all of those experiences were just preludes to his high-profile association with Stan Kenton
(1952-1954), which gave him fame. Rosolino
recorded frequently in Los Angeles as a member of the Lighthouse All-Stars
(1954-1960), a freelancer, and as a studio musician. His song "Blue Daniel" became a jazz standard, and Rosolino
was a popular attraction as a brilliant trombonist and a comical singer. He was with Supersax
for a period in the 1970s. Rosolino
's shocking ending was a surprise to even his closest associates.