J.J

Real Name:
James Louis Johnson
Profile:
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).
Sites:
Aliases:
In Groups:
Variations:
Data Quality
  • Correct
  • Changes
    minor
  • New
  • Updated
J.J. Johnson - Riverboat Jazz (New Orleans To Chicago) album art Various Capitol Blues Riverboat Jazz (New Orleans To Chicago) (Album) Brunswick US 1943 Sell This Version
1004 J.J. Johnson - Daddy Daddy / All Alone album art Savannah Churchill And Her All Star Orchestra* Daddy Daddy Daddy Daddy / All Alone(Shellac, 10") Manor 1004 US 1945 Sell This Version
945 J.J. Johnson - Thriving On A Riff / Wee Dot album art The Be Bop Boys / Leo Parker All Stars* Wee Dot (as J. J. Johnson) The Be Bop Boys / Leo Parker All Stars* - Thriving On A Riff / Wee Dot(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 945 Europe 1946 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Blue Skies / The King album art Count Basie And His Orchestra* Blue Skies / The King Columbia US 1946 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol. 4 album art Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic* Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol. 4 (Album, EP) Disc Records Europe 1946 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Coppin The Bop / Jay Jay album art J.J. Johnson's Be'Bopper's* Coppin The Bop / Jay Jay Savoy Records US 1946 Sell This Version
36990 J.J. Johnson - High Tide / Lazy Lady Blues album art Count Basie And His Orchestra* High Tide / Lazy Lady Blues(Shellac, 10") Columbia 36990 US 1946 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol.5 album art Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic* Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol.5 (Album, EP) Mercury US 1946 Sell This Version
3027 J.J. Johnson - You Go To My Head / I Mean You album art Coleman Hawkins And Orch.* You Go To My Head / I Mean You(Shellac, 10") Sonora (6) 3027 US 1946 Sell This Version
3024 J.J. Johnson - Cocktails For Two / Bean & The Boys album art Coleman Hawkins And Orch.* Cocktails For Two / Bean & The Boys(Shellac, 10") Sonora (6) 3024 US 1946 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Volume Seven  album art Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic* Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic Volume Seven (Album) Mercury, Mercury, Mercury US 1947 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Dewey Square / Quasimado album art Charlie Parker Quintet* / Charlie Parker Sextet* Charlie Parker Quintet* / Charlie Parker Sextet* - Dewey Square / Quasimado Blue Star Italy 1947 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Klactoveedsedstene / Charlie's Wig album art Charlie Parker Quintet* Klactoveedsedstene / Charlie's Wig Dial Records (3) US 1947 Sell This Version
975 J.J. Johnson - Jay-Bird / Mr. Dues album art Jay Jay Johnson And His Modern Jazz Quintette* / Teddy Reig's All-Stars* Jay-Bird (as Jay Jay Johnson) Jay Jay Johnson And His Modern Jazz Quintette* / Teddy Reig's All-Stars* - Jay-Bird / Mr. Dues(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 975 US 1947 Sell This Version
HJ-10 J.J. Johnson - Esquire's All American Hot Jazz, Volume 2 album art Various Esquire's All American Hot Jazz, Volume 2(4xShellac, 10", Album) RCA Victor HJ-10 US 1947 Sell This Version
975 J.J. Johnson - Jay-Bird / Mr. Dues album art Jay Jay Johnson And His Modern Jazz Quintette* / Teddy Reig's All-Stars* Jay-Bird Jay Jay Johnson And His Modern Jazz Quintette* / Teddy Reig's All-Stars* - Jay-Bird / Mr. Dues(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 975 US 1947 Sell This Version
929 J.J. Johnson - Mad Lad Boogie / Solitude album art Leo Parker's All Stars Mad Lad Boogie and 1 more… Mad Lad Boogie / Solitude(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 929 US 1947 Sell This Version
4242 J.J. Johnson - Suede Jacket / Lion's Roar album art Russell Jacquet And His All Stars Suede Jacket Suede Jacket / Lion's Roar(10") King Records (3) 4242 US 1948 Sell This Version
930 J.J. Johnson - Mad Be-Bop / Seven-Up album art Jay Jay Johnson Quintette* / Sonny Stitt Quintette* Jay Jay Johnson Quintette* / Sonny Stitt Quintette* - Mad Be-Bop / Seven-Up(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 930 US 1948 Sell This Version
AD 62 J.J. Johnson - Collectors' Items album art Various Collectors' Items(4xShellac, 10", Album, Comp) Capitol Records AD 62 US 1948 Sell This Version
4259 J.J. Johnson - Scamparoo / Relaxing album art Russell Jacquet And His All Stars Scamparoo (as Johnson) Scamparoo / Relaxing(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4259 US 1948 Sell This Version
942 J.J. Johnson - Down Vernon's Alley / Boneology album art J.J. Johnson's Bop Quintette Down Vernon's Alley / Boneology(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 942 US 1948 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Boplicity / Israel album art Miles Davis And His Orchestra Boplicity / Israel Capitol Records Sweden 1949 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - St. Louis Blues / Prelude To A Nightmare album art Babs Gonzalez And His Orchestra* Prelude To A Nightmare and 1 more… St. Louis Blues / Prelude To A Nightmare (Single) Capitol Records US 1949 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Embryo / A Jacquet For Jack The Bellboy album art Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra Embryo Embryo / A Jacquet For Jack The Bellboy RCA Victor US 1949 Sell This Version

Reviews Show All 2 Reviews

Add Review

inventoryglorious

inventoryglorious

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

Videos (121) Edit