By Hal Smith
DONALD VERNON KINCH, trumpet, tuba, string bass, violin
b. Ostrander, WA 5/4/1917 d. Portland, OR 6/28/2011
Don Kinch started on violin, then took up trumpet and string bass, working with a variety of dance bands on the West Coast.
In Portland, he played trumpet alongside Bob Short and George Bruns in the Rose City Stompers, and later in the Castle Jazz Band.
In 1950, he joined Bruns in the Turk Murphy Jazz Band and continued to work on and off with the Murphy band for several years.
In the mid 1950s, Kinch went to work at Disney Studios in Burbank and played casuals in Southern California with Bruns' Wonderland Jazz Band, Marvin Ash, Ben Pollack, and the Firehouse Five Plus Two.
He took up tuba in 1958, replacing George Bruns with the FH5. Eventually he switched from tuba to helicon while working with the Firehouse Five at Disneyland.
Don Kinch was one of the most admired trumpet players of the New Orleans Revival. His brilliant melodic sense and swinging beat also made him one of the best San Francisco tubists and one of its most gifted soloists.
In the early '70s, he moved back to Portland and opened a stringed instrument repair business. He played trumpet and helicon with his own Conductors Ragtime Band, but did little other performing until his death in 2011.
Jim Beatty Jazz Band: The Joys Of Jazz Tri-Ad 906 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
George Bruns Wonderland JB Disneyland WDL 3009 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Castle Jazz Band: Frank Bull and Gene Norman Present: Dixieland Jubilee Decca DL 8622 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Castle Jazz Band: The Historic 1947 – 1950 Recordings B&W Music BWCD – 16
The Famous Castle Jazz Band Good Time Jazz CD 10030 – 2
The Famous Castle Jazz Band Plays The Five Pennies Good Time Jazz 10037 - 2
Cliff Edwards: Ukelele Ike Sings Again Disneyland WDL 3003 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Firehouse Five Plus Two Sessions, Live Calliope 3017 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Firehouse Five Plus Two Dixieland Favorites Good Time Jazz FCD-60-008
Firehouse Five Plus Two Around The World Good Time Jazz 10044 – 2
Firehouse Five Plus Two Crashes A Party Good Time Jazz 10038 - 2
Firehouse Five Plus Two At Disneyland Good Time Jazz 10049 - 2
Firehouse Five Plus Two Goes To A Fire Good Time Jazz 10052 - 2
Firehouse Five Plus Two Twenty Years Later Good Time Jazz 10054 - 2
Don Kinch’s Conductors Ragtime Band Rexius RLP 5123 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Turk Murphy Favorites Good Time Jazz CD 60611Turk Murphy Favorites vol. 2 Good Time Jazz FCD 60 – 026
Turk Murphy Jazz Band: In Hollywood San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation CD 102
Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band at the Italian Village Merry Makers CD 11
Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band Weary Blues San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation CD 103
Turk Murphy: Barrelhouse Jazz Columbia CL 595 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Turk Murphy: Music For Losers Verve MGV 1013 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Turk Murphy: New Orleans Stomp (2 CDs) Jasmine JASCD 461 (Includes tracks from Columbia LP “Barrelhouse Jazz”).
Turk Murphy and Wally Rose: The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton Columbia CL 559 (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Turk’s Delight (2 CDs) Jasmine JASCD 439 (Includes tracks from Columbia LP “Music Of Jelly Roll Morton”).
Red Nichols/Firehouse Five Plus Two Sessions, Live Calliope 3006 (Reverse by Red Nichols) (Vinyl LP; out of print)
Lu Watters at Hambone Kelly’s GHB BCD 97, BCD 119