Trumpeter James Zollar is known for his stints playing with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Band, Tony Bennett, Marty Ehrlich, clarinetist Don Byron, Latin jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria, and Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
After growing up in Kansas City, Zollar studied trumpet in San Francisco with Woody Shaw. He moved to San Diego and spent around ten years working with a variety of local bands.
Zollar portrayed Count Basie’s trumpeter Buck Clayton in the Robert Altman film Kansas City. As of early 2009, he lives in New York City.