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Memorable Manitobans: Paul “Gros” Grosney (1923-2003)


Born at Winnipeg on 10 February 1923, he picked up the trumpet while attending school. He moved to New York City in 1942 to pursue a music career but returned to Canada to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, playing trumpet in the RCAF band. Following his military discharge, he returned to performing professionally, joining Buddy Rich on tour in 1948. A year later, he was leading a big band at the Rancho Don Carlos in Winnipeg. There, he also played with such performers as Doris Day, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., The Andrews Sisters, and Louis Armstrong. He died at Toronto, Ontario on 17 May 2003.


“Swing time,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 January 1944, page 16.

Paul Grosney, Canadian Jazz Archive.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Elsie Shamota.

Page revised: 20 April 2019

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