Zachary Granger was born in Columbus, Ohio, and began playing the trombone in the ninth grade as part of his public school jazz program. After taking trombone lessons with local guitarist and former trombonist, Jim Pelz, Zachary was changed forever by recordings of Frank Rosolino and J.J. Johnson. Zachary decided at the age of 14 that making music everyday of his life was top priority and has since evolved into a renowned trombone soloist, freelance musician and educator. Zachary’s trademark as a trombonist is the beauty of his sound, stellar technique, and deep emotional connection to the music. With an ever growing mastery of the instrument and extensive knowledge of jazz harmony, Zachary has distinguished himself as one of the pre-eminent musicians in Cincinnati, Ohio and the surrounding tristate area, not only in the realm of jazz and improvisation, but performing some of the more difficult music in the commercial music world as well.
Education and performance are both very important in Zachary’s life as he was an assistant director of The Jazz Lab Band at Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and is now the new adjunct professor of trombone at Northern Kentucky University.