Donn Trenner’s storied life in music is more than his participation in modern Jazz recordings, such as Jazz & Romantic Places (1955) and The Warm Moods (1961), and his participation with Ted Fio Rito’s band, Buddy Morrow's orchestra, Charlie Barnet’s band, and Les Brown and his Band of Renown.
Donn has always worked as a studio musician and Musical Director. Bands and orchestras under his leadership were integral to the classic television shows pioneered by Bob Hope and Steve Allen, as well as a prodigious volume of television production and studio recording with stars throughout the US and Europe. The list of celebrities reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz, Pop, and Hollywood variety entertainment. The cast of legendary artists include: Charlie Parker, Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret, Chet Baker, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Sandy Duncan, Stan Getz, Dick Haymes, Jack Jones, Eartha Kitt, Charles Mingus and Mel Tormé.
Donn Trenner with author Tim Atherton leads you on stage, into studios, behind the scenes, and around the world through a six-decade era.
Discover the man behind the music you remember, when a cross-pollination of Jazz and variety entertainment engaged millions.
“Donn, my musical director for twenty-one years, always made me feel so safe and secure as a performer. I would stand on stage, he would lift his baton, the music would begin, and I was home. Loving thanks, my dear friend. Everyone will love your book.” –Ann-Margret, singer, dancer and award-winning actress of movies and television “Donn was my partner in several productions and we played many engagements touring with my show. As a vocalist, I have worked with numerous musical directors over the years and there is no one better than my good friend, Donn Trenner. This book is a must read.” –Peter Marshall, singer, actor and host of the popular TV game show, Hollywood Squares
“I first met Donn Trenner when he was heading up The Steve Allen Show and their band in the sixties. Throughout the years, I’ve seen him again and again, now especially in the Connecticut area. He knows more about music than anyone else. He’s worked with so many stars from Bob Hope on. I was lucky enough to inherit him for a two week run on Steve Allen’s show while Steve was on vacation, and it was a thrill that I will never forget. But the thing about Donn Trenner that is most important—he’s also the nicest guy I ever met. He’s had a great career, which is still going on, and I know you’ll enjoy reading about it in this book.” –Regis Philbin, American media personality, singer, actor and talk show host