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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DLP-5 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(10", Album) Debut Records DLP-5 US 1953 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai album art Jay* & Kai* Jay* & Kai* - Jay & Kai (Album) Savoy Records France 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 - 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 - 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 South Africa 1956 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 Canada 1957 Sell This Version
LDM. 30 064 J.J. Johnson - Jazz Workshop 4 Trombones album art J. J. Johnson* - Kai Winding - Willie Dennis, Benny Green* J. J. Johnson* - Kai Winding - Willie Dennis, Benny Green* - Jazz Workshop 4 Trombones(LP, Album) Jazz Selection LDM. 30 064 France 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Music For Brass album art Gunther Schuller, John Lewis (2), Jimmy Giuffre, J. J. Johnson*, Dimitri Mitropoulos Gunther Schuller, John Lewis (2), Jimmy Giuffre, J. J. Johnson*, Dimitri Mitropoulos - Music For Brass (Album) Columbia Canada 1957 Sell This Version
CL 1547 J.J. Johnson - Trombone And Voices album art J. J. Johnson* Trombone And Voices(LP, Album, Mono) Columbia CL 1547 US 1960 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - All God's Children Got Rhythm album art Sonny Stitt With Bud Powell And J. J. Johnson* Sonny Stitt With Bud Powell And J. J. Johnson* - All God's Children Got Rhythm (Album) Prestige US 1962 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - J.J.'s Broadway album art J. J. Johnson* J.J.'s Broadway (Album) Verve Records Canada 1963 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe album art Stan Getz / J. J. Johnson* / Vic Feldman* / Sam Jones Stan Getz / J. J. Johnson* / Vic Feldman* / Sam Jones - Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe (Album) Verve Records US 1963 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - J.J.! album art J. J. Johnson* J.J.! (Album) RCA Victor Japan 1965 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Cleopatra Jones- (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) album art J.J. Johnson / Joe Simon / Millie Jackson J.J. Johnson / Joe Simon / Millie Jackson - Cleopatra Jones- (Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture) (Album) Warner Bros. Records Philippines 1973 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) Original Jazz Classics, Prestige US 1984 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Vivian album art J.J. Johnson Vivian (Album) Concord Jazz US 1992 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Brass Orchestra album art J.J. Johnson, The Brass Orchestra J.J. Johnson, The Brass Orchestra - The Brass Orchestra (Album) Verve Records US 1997 Sell This Version
GET2003, GET 2003 J.J. Johnson - K + J.J. album art K* + J.J.* K* + J.J.* - K + J.J.(LP, Album, Mono) Get Back GET2003, GET 2003 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

XP - 8140, XP 8140 J.J. Johnson - Vol. 1 album art Jay* & Kai* Jay* & Kai* - Vol. 1(7", EP) Savoy Records, Savoy Records XP - 8140, XP 8140 US 1954 Sell This Version
EPV 1096 J.J. Johnson - Jay Jay's Blues / There's No You album art Milt Jackson - J. J. Johnson* With Henri Renaud Milt Jackson - J. J. Johnson* With Henri Renaud - Jay Jay's Blues / There's No You(7", EP) Vogue Productions, Vogue Records EPV 1096 UK 1956 Sell This Version
45-4506 J.J. Johnson - Bernie's Tune / Blues For Trombones album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding - Bernie's Tune / Blues For Trombones(7", Single) Savoy Records 45-4506 US 1956 Sell This Version
B-8081 J.J. Johnson - Jazz Spec 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 Spec(7", EP) Columbia B-8081 US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Afternoon In Paris album art J. J. Johnson* - Sonny Stitt J. J. Johnson* - Sonny Stitt - Afternoon In Paris (EP) Sonet, Sonet Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Brass In Modern Jazz album art Brass Ensemble* Featuring Miles Davis And J.J. Johnson Brass Ensemble* Featuring Miles Davis And J.J. Johnson - Brass In Modern Jazz (EP) Philips Germany 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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