An actor on television and films, Conrad Janis has always loved playing Dixieland trombone. His mother, Harriet Janis, worked closely with critic Rudi Blesh on the definitive book They All Played Ragtime and for the Circle label. Conrad Janis played guitar early on, but was self-taught on trombone, which he did not start playing until he was nearly 21. He gigged as a freelancer from the 1950s on in between acting jobs. He recorded on an infrequent basis on early sets for Circle, London, and Jubilee. Since the 1980s, Janis has been the leader of the popular Beverly Hills Unlimited Jazz Band.
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