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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 - Columbia Jazz Festival album art Various Hello, Young Lovers (as J. J. Johnson) Various - Columbia Jazz Festival Columbia US 1959 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jazz Und Lyrik album art Gottfried Benn, Gert Westphal Night In Tunesia (as Jay Jay Johnson) and 4 more… Gottfried Benn, Gert Westphal - Jazz Und Lyrik (Album) Philips Germany 1960 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Birdland Story album art Various Embraceable You Various - The Birdland Story Roulette US 1961 Sell This Version
CS 8591 J.J. Johnson - Music From The Broadway Hit Show "All American" Played By The All Stars album art Various Our Children Various - Music From The Broadway Hit Show "All American" Played By The All Stars(LP) Columbia CS 8591 US 1962 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Music Of George Gershwin Played By America's Greatest Jazzmen album art Various How Long Has This Been Going On Various - The Music Of George Gershwin Played By America's Greatest Jazzmen (Album) Moodsville US 1963 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Definitive Jazz Scene Volume 2 album art Various Gloria Various - The Definitive Jazz Scene Volume 2 (Comp) Impulse! US 1964 Sell This Version
RU-37-7 J.J. Johnson - Jazz Festival 27 / Music On Deck 31 album art Various Billy Boy Various - Jazz Festival 27 / Music On Deck 31(LP, Transcription) Armed Forces Radio And Television Service RU-37-7 US 1967 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jazz Spectrum Vol. 6 album art Stan Getz It Never Entered My Mind Stan Getz - Jazz Spectrum Vol. 6 (Comp, Album) Metro Records Argentina 1971 Sell This Version
PL 42026 J.J. Johnson - "Disque Catalogue" / Jazz album art Various Lullaby Of Birdland Various - "Disque Catalogue" / Jazz(LP, Smplr) RCA PL 42026 France 1976 Sell This Version
KAL-101 J.J. Johnson - Jazz Festival album art Various Georgia On My Mind Various - Jazz Festival(2xLP) K-Tel KAL-101 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
PJCS J.J. Johnson - 1957 Playboy Jazz Poll Winners - All Star Encore 78 album art Various Joey, Joey, Joey Various - 1957 Playboy Jazz Poll Winners - All Star Encore 78(LP, Promo) Playboy Records PJCS US 1978 Sell This Version
SP-6-3000 J.J. Johnson - Audio Master Plus Series Sampler Vol. 1 album art Various Israel (as J.J.) Various - Audio Master Plus Series Sampler Vol. 1(LP, Smplr) A&M Records SP-6-3000 US 1983 Sell This Version
JAZZ 061, JAZZ 062, JAZZ 063, JAZZ 064 J.J. Johnson - Cool Jazz - Third Stream album art Various Let's Get Away From It All Various - Cool Jazz - Third Stream(4xLP, Comp, Mono, Red + Box) The Franklin Mint Record Society, The Franklin Mint Record Society, The Franklin Mint Record Society, The Franklin Mint Record Society JAZZ 061, JAZZ 062, JAZZ 063, JAZZ 064 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Ultimate Breaks & Beats album art Various Parade Strut Various - Ultimate Breaks & Beats (Comp) Street Beat Records US 1986 Sell This Version
837 195-2 J.J. Johnson - Carnival (Original Broadway Cast Recording) album art Anna Maria Alberghetti Mira Anna Maria Alberghetti - Carnival (Original Broadway Cast Recording)(CD, Album, Mono) PolyGram Records, Inc. 837 195-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
FTN 4-52004 J.J. Johnson - Jazz 'Round Midnight album art Various Blue Monk Various - Jazz 'Round Midnight(4xCD) 4 Tune FTN 4-52004 France 1990 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Cole Porter In Concert : Just One Of Those Live Things album art Various What Is This Thing Called Love? and 1 more… Various - Cole Porter In Concert : Just One Of Those Live Things (Album, Comp) Verve Records US 1994 Sell This Version
none J.J. Johnson - Polygram Jazz World album art Various Malaguena Various - Polygram Jazz World(Cass, Promo) Motor Music none Germany 1995 Sell This Version
497702.2 J.J. Johnson - Cafe Jazz 2 (More Cool Jazz To Chill By) album art Various Our Love Is Here To Stay Various - Cafe Jazz 2 (More Cool Jazz To Chill By)(2xCD) Sony Classical 497702.2 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
222784-382 J.J. Johnson - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 28/42 album art Various Capri (1953-06-22, New York) and 13 more… Various - The Ultimate Jazz Archive - Set 28/42(4xCD, Sif) Membran Music Ltd. 222784-382 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
MR 09/01 J.J. Johnson - 09 July 09 album art MC Rotzbua "Il Moccioso" Willie Chase, The Champ, Apache MC Rotzbua "Il Moccioso" - 09 July 09(22xFile, MP3, Mixtape) Moccioso Records MR 09/01 Italy 2009
06007 532 9499 4, DZ3045 J.J. Johnson - Jazz Train: Concord Collector's Edition 30 Original Jazz Classics (OJC) album art Various All God'S Chillun Got Rhythm and 16 more… Various - Jazz Train: Concord Collector's Edition 30 Original Jazz Classics (OJC)(30xCD, Album + Box, S/Edition) Concord Jazz, Universal Music Group 06007 532 9499 4, DZ3045 South Korea 2010 Sell This Version
JHR 73658 J.J. Johnson - Jazz At Salle Pleyel album art Various Spring Can The Most and 1 more… Various - Jazz At Salle Pleyel(CD) IMC Music Ltd. JHR 73658 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
none J.J. Johnson - Retrogression Retro Passion album art PiCKY* Parade Strut PiCKY* - Retrogression Retro Passion(Cass, Mixtape, F60) Coast2Coast Tapes none Germany 2017 Sell This Version
SAMP J.J. Johnson - Impulse! - For Programming And Review Purposes Only album art Various I Concentrate On You (as J.J.) Various - Impulse! - For Programming And Review Purposes Only(LP, Promo, Smplr) Impulse! SAMP US Unknown 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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