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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 - Jazz Spectacular album art Frankie Laine And Buck Clayton And His Orchestra Featuring J. J. Johnson* And Kai Winding Roses Of Picardy (as J. J. Johnson) and 1 more… 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 - The Bebop Revolution album art Various Various - The Bebop Revolution (Comp) Bluebird (3), RCA UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
CK 45445 J.J. Johnson - The Jazz Arranger Volume 2 (1946-1963) album art Various Featuring Oliver Nelson, Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Gerry Mulligan Three Little Feelings Various Featuring Oliver Nelson, Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Gerry Mulligan - The Jazz Arranger Volume 2 (1946-1963)(CD, Comp, Mono, RE, RM) Columbia CK 45445 US 1990 Sell This Version
CBS 466311 1 Various Featuring Oliver Nelson, Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Gerry Mulligan Three Little Feelings Various Featuring Oliver Nelson, Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Gerry Mulligan - The Jazz Arranger Volume 2 (1946-1963)(LP, Comp, RM) Columbia CBS 466311 1 US 1990 Sell This Version
517237-2 Stan Getz My Funny Valentine Stan Getz - The Revival of the Jazz(CD, Album, Comp) PolyGram Special Projects 517237-2 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
314 517 330-2 J.J. Johnson - The Artistry Of Stan Getz - The Best Of The Verve Years Volume 2 album art Stan Getz Stan Getz - The Artistry Of Stan Getz - The Best Of The Verve Years Volume 2(2xCD, Comp, RM) Verve Records 314 517 330-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
800 631 735-3 J.J. Johnson - The Carnegie Hall Salutes The Jazz Masters album art The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band - The Carnegie Hall Salutes The Jazz Masters(VHS, NTSC) Verve Records 800 631 735-3 US 1994 Sell This Version
HOT 9011 C J.J. Johnson - The First Lady On Bass album art Carol Kaye Featuring Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Mark Soskin, Joe Sample, Tom Scott Better Days Carol Kaye Featuring Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Mark Soskin, Joe Sample, Tom Scott - The First Lady On Bass(CD, Album) Hot Wire Records HOT 9011 C Germany 1994 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Ballads & Blues album art Miles Davis Miles Davis - Ballads & Blues (Comp) Blue Note US 1996 Sell This Version
HOT 9035 J.J. Johnson - Hotwired! album art Various Free Sample Various - Hotwired!(CD, Comp) Hot Wire Records HOT 9035 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
16022, N°198 J.J. Johnson - Mambo Bounce album art Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins - Mambo Bounce(CD, Comp) EPM Musique, Jazz Archives (2) 16022, N°198 France 2002 Sell This Version
5172478 J.J. Johnson - Chris album art Chris Connor Chris Connor - Chris(CD, Album, RE) Jazz Heritage Society 5172478 US 2003 Sell This Version
82876-56051-2 J.J. Johnson - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying [Broadway Deluxe Collector's Edition] album art Frank Loesser I Believe In You Frank Loesser - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying [Broadway Deluxe Collector's Edition](CD, Album, RE) RCA Victor 82876-56051-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
MCDLX131 J.J. Johnson - Check It Out (The Best Of Bobby Womack) album art Bobby Womack Where Do We Go From Here Bobby Womack - Check It Out (The Best Of Bobby Womack)(2xCD, Comp) Music Club Deluxe MCDLX131 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
000201001035 J.J. Johnson - Jazz At The Philharmonic Xxl - Documents Of Famos Jazz Masterworks - Vol. 1  album art JATP All Stars JATP All Stars - Jazz At The Philharmonic Xxl - Documents Of Famos Jazz Masterworks - Vol. 1 (CD, Album) RecordJet 000201001035 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
000334001059 J.J. Johnson - Jazz At The Philharmonic - Norman Granz - The Blues album art JATP All Stars JATP All Stars - Jazz At The Philharmonic - Norman Granz - The Blues(CD, Album) RecordJet 000334001059 Germany 2011 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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