started out in the big-band era blowing for the likes of Charlie Barnet, Al
Donahue, and Jimmy Dorsey.
In 1947, he
embarked on a career as a session musician. He is reputed to have played on more
than one thousand movie soundtracks.
Here is but a handful of them:
Around the World in 80 Days
(1956), Blazing Saddles, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dick Tracy, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, First
Knight, Grease, Hot Rod Girl, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jaws, My Fair Lady, Out of Africa, Porgy and Bess, Robin
Hood: Prince of Thieves, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Three Musketeers (1993), and West Side Story. He also crossed over into
television, performing on the soundtracks of Bonanza, Checkmate, Highway to Heaven, Little House on the Prairie, Mannix, Mission: Impossible, and Rawhide. Oh, and you can add the Academy
Awards and the Grammys to his list of credits.
think with all this movie and television work, he would have no time for
touring, but he did tour Japan several times with Percy Faith and Henry
Mancini and played in the 100 Trombones Concert in Tokyo with the likes of
Harry Betts and George Roberts in the autumn of 1997. (A DVD of the concert is now
available.) As a studio
musician, well… Lloyd has recorded with just about everybody, it
He was also a
part of recording history.
Although he was the immaculate team player, one of his early
recordings was a completely solo effort entitled Lloyd Ulyate & His Trombone. It features Lloyd Ulyate playing with… Lloyd Ulyate. The album features trombone-ensemble
arrangements of such standards as “In My Solitude” and
“The Trolley Song” from Meet
Me in St. Louis, and it is considered one of the early experiments in
multi-track recording, with Lloyd playing all the parts. So, Lloyd Ulyate
got to enjoy what so many others enjoyed: Collaborating with Lloyd Ulyate.
The list of
other artists with whom he has recorded is too massive to list in toto, but includes Louis Armstrong, Elmer Bernstein,
Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis,
Jr., Neil Diamond, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Hirt,
B.B. King, Eartha Kitt,
Frankie Laine, Julie London, Dean Martin, Walter
Murphy, Anita O’Day, Lalo
Schifrin, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.
Lloyd has been
a member of several ensembles, including the American Jazz Philharmonic,
which recorded one self-titled album, BonesWest
’97, a trombone choir assembled for an album entitled Just Friends, and the National
American Orchestra. On 1st
April 1980, the NAO premiered “Betty”, a piece written by David
Rose for his wife. The trombone
soloist? Lloyd Ulyate.
Back in the day,
Lloyd was a mainstay at the Crescendo Club in L.A. with Jerry Fielding,
Conrad Gozzo, and Joe Howard. A longtime friend of trumpeter
Jimmie Limes, whom he met in 1959 at a place called The Ram Lounge, Ulyate eulogized in an interview by describing one
special Christmas during which the two of them trudged up Dollar Mountain,
during a snowstorm, to play a Yuletide concert. During the uphill trek,
Lloyd’s slide froze.
Undaunted, Lloyd played the set in B-flat, which was where his slide
had frozen. Now, that’s
some cool jazz.