Carmen Accordino, a Miami lawyer who also worked as a jazz trombonist, died on Oct. 18 from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.
Accordino received a trombone as a gift from his parents; he mastered the instrument by the time he was 10. As a teenager, he played in Philadelphia nightclubs to save up enough money to pay for college.
Accordino graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree from Temple University. After serving four years in the Army’s counterintelligence corps, he took a job with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
When the S.E.C. transferred him to Miami in 1960, Accordino delved into the local music scene. He played with the Sammy Spear Orchestra for “The Jackie Gleason Show,” and performed alongside many famous musicians, including Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Eydie Gorme. In 1995, Accordino was invited to play with the country’s top 100 trombonists at a Las Vegas benefit concert.