This artist is one of very few brass players to be identified primarily as a bass trombonist. Dick Hixson also recorded on the normal size trombone as well as French horn and even took pictures that were good enough to be used on album covers, at least according to the standards of guitarist Herb Ellis. Hixson had musically talented parents: his father also played trombone while his mother was a pianist (subsequently it can be assumed at least half the family was in tune). At first the youngster sided with mama, taking up the keyboard at the age of ten. When he went over to his father's side of instrument families it meant jobs in dance bands in western Pennsylvanian territory and an eventual graduation to the groups of Les and Larry Elgart. His recordings with the latter brothers are part of a quite varied discography, more than 100 sessions ranging from the novelty songs of Cab Calloway to the smooth modern jazz of guitarist Wes Montgomery, from the interesting Revolving Bandstand collaboration of Tito Puente and Buddy Morrow to the bossa nova stylings of Antonio Carlos Jobim.