J.J. Johnson

Real Name:
James Louis Johnson
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J.J. Johnson (born January 22, 1924, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - died February 4, 2001, Indianapolis, Indiana) was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger.

1941-1942: he toured with the territory bands of Clarence Love and Snookum Russell.
1942-1945: Benny Carter's big band. Made his recording debut (taking a solo on "Love for Sale" in 1943) and played at the first Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) concert (1944).
1945-1946: Count Basie Orchestra.
1946-1960: various work with all of the top bop musicians, including Charlie Parker (with whom he recorded in 1947), the Dizzy Gillespie big band, Illinois Jacquet (1947-49) and the Miles Davis 'Birth of the Cool' Nonet. His own recordings from the era included work with Bud Powell and a young Sonny Rollins. He also recorded with the Metronome All Stars.
1951-1952: played with Oscar Pettiford and Miles Davis.
1954-1956: formed a two-trombone quintet with Kai Winding that became known as Jay & Kai - various reunions would later happen.
1956-1960: led a quintet that often included Bobby Jaspar; began to focus more on his own compositions, starting with 1956's "Poem for Brass" and including "El Camino Real" and a feature for Dizzy Gillespie, "Perceptions"; his "Lament" became a standard.
1961-1962: worked again with Miles Davis, and led some small groups of his own.
1960's: greater part of time spent writing television and film scores.

By the 1970's, Johnson was so famous in the jazz world that he kept on winning Down Beat polls despite the fact that he was not really actively touring or playing. However, starting with a Japanese tour in 1977, J.J. gradually returned to a busy performance schedule; during the 1980's he would go on to lead a quintet that often featured Ralph Moore (2).
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J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Trombones album art Kai Winding, Jay Jay Johnson* Kai Winding, Jay Jay Johnson* - Modern Jazz Trombones Prestige US 1951 Sell This Version
PRLP 123 J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Trombones Volume Two album art Bennie Green, J.J. Johnson With Sonny Stitt Bennie Green, J.J. Johnson With Sonny Stitt - Modern Jazz Trombones Volume Two(10") Prestige PRLP 123 US 1951 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Debut Records' Jazz Workshop, Volume One: Trombone Rapport album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green*, Willie Dennis J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green*, Willie Dennis - Debut Records' Jazz Workshop, Volume One: Trombone Rapport (Album) Debut Records UK 1953 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai album art Jay* & Kai* Jay* & Kai* - Jay & Kai (Album) Savoy Records US 1954 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai album art Jay* & Kai* Jay* & Kai* - Jay & Kai (Album, Comp) Savoy Records US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - An Afternoon At Birdland album art Kai Winding And J. J. Johnson* Kai Winding And J. J. Johnson* - An Afternoon At Birdland (Album) "X", "X" US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - K + J.J. album art K* + J.J.* K* + J.J.* - K + J.J. (Album) Bethlehem Records, Bethlehem Records US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 3 album art J.J. Johnson The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 3 (Album) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Dec. 3, 1954 album art Jay* And Kai* Jay* And Kai* - Dec. 3, 1954 (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay And Kai album art J.J. Johnson And Kai Winding J.J. Johnson And Kai Winding - Jay And Kai (Album) Columbia US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Trombone For Two album art J.J. Johnson And Kai Winding J.J. Johnson And Kai Winding - Trombone For Two (Album, EP) Columbia Germany 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 album art Jay Jay Johnson* The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1 (Comp, Album) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Debut Records' Jazz Workshop, Volume 2: Trombone Rapport album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green*, Willie Dennis J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green*, Willie Dennis - Debut Records' Jazz Workshop, Volume 2: Trombone Rapport Debut Records US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Vol. 2 album art Jay Jay Johnson* The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Vol. 2 (Album) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
MG 15048 J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai Vol. 2 album art J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding - Jay & Kai Vol. 2(10") Savoy Records MG 15048 US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Trombone By Three album art J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding / Benny Green* J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding / Benny Green* - Trombone By Three (Album, Comp) Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 album art Jay Jay Johnson* The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 (Comp) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson album art Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson - Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson (Album, Comp) Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai + 6: The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet album art J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Jay & Kai + 6: The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet (Album) Columbia US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - At Newport album art Dave Brubeck And Jay* & Kai* Dave Brubeck And Jay* & Kai* - At Newport (Album) Columbia US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Kai And Jay, Bennie Green With Strings album art Kai* And Jay*, Bennie Green With Strings* Kai* And Jay*, Bennie Green With Strings* - Kai And Jay, Bennie Green With Strings (Album) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
RMG 6001, MG 6001 J.J. Johnson - Jazz South Pacific – Recorded In Concert On Guam album art J.J. Johnson, Howard McGhee, Oscar Pettiford, Ketter Betts*, Rudy Williams, Charlie Rice J.J. Johnson, Howard McGhee, Oscar Pettiford, Ketter Betts*, Rudy Williams, Charlie Rice - Jazz South Pacific – Recorded In Concert On Guam(LP, Album, Mono) Regent, Regent RMG 6001, MG 6001 US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jazz Spectacular album art Frankie Laine And Buck Clayton And His Orchestra Featuring J. J. Johnson* And Kai Winding Frankie Laine And Buck Clayton And His Orchestra Featuring J. J. Johnson* And Kai Winding - Jazz Spectacular (Album) Columbia Canada 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House album art Stan Getz And J.J. Johnson Stan Getz And J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House (Album, Comp) Verve Records US 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Four Trombones album art J. J. Johnson* - Kai Winding - Willie Dennis, Benny Green* J. J. Johnson* - Kai Winding - Willie Dennis, Benny Green* - Four Trombones (Album) Debut Records France 1957 Sell This Version

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January 17, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
The great part about J.J.'s Columbias is how undervalued they are ($wise, plus aesthetically), viz a viz say Miles. Bonists know...plus peace to my cousin in Naptown

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