Jay Jay Johnson

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).
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Albums

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
J.J. Johnson - Jazz Workshop · Volume 1 album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green*, Willie Dennis J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Benny Green*, Willie Dennis - Jazz Workshop · Volume 1 Vogue Records, Vogue Records, Vogue 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 - 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 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 - 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
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 - Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson album art Sonny Stitt With Bud Powell And Jay Jay Johnson* Sonny Stitt With Bud Powell And Jay Jay Johnson* - Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson (Album, Comp) Prestige UK 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
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 - Stan Getz & Jay Jay Johnson album art Stan Getz And J.J. Johnson Stan Getz And J.J. Johnson - Stan Getz & Jay Jay Johnson (Album, Comp) La Voz De Su Amo Spain 1960 Sell This Version
20-045, 20.045 J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding - Jay & Kai(10", Album) Esquire, Esquire 20-045, 20.045 UK 1963 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Music For 4 Soloists And Band No.1 album art Friedrich Gulda - Jay Jay Johnson* / Freddie Hubbard / Sahib Shihab Friedrich Gulda - Jay Jay Johnson* / Freddie Hubbard / Sahib Shihab - Music For 4 Soloists And Band No.1 (Album) SABA Germany 1965 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Eurosuite / Variations album art Friedrich Gulda Und Sein Eurojazz-Orchester Feat. J.J. Johnson, Joe Zawinul Friedrich Gulda Und Sein Eurojazz-Orchester Feat. J.J. Johnson, Joe Zawinul - Eurosuite / Variations (Album) Preiser Records Austria 1967 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-1632 J.J. Johnson - Groovin' album art Jay Jay Johnson* Groovin'(7", Single) Blue Note 45-1632 US 1955 Sell This Version
45-1651 J.J. Johnson - Jay album art Jay Jay Johnson* Jay(7", Single) Blue Note 45-1651 US 1956 Sell This Version
JEP 4512 J.J. Johnson - Jay Jay's Blues / There's No You album art Milt Jackson - Jay Jay Johnson* Milt Jackson - Jay Jay Johnson* - Jay Jay's Blues / There's No You(7", Single) Jazz Selection JEP 4512 Sweden 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Winners Of Down Beat's Readers Poll 1960 "Horns " album art Miles Davis / Jay Jay Johnson* Miles Davis / Jay Jay Johnson* - The Winners Of Down Beat's Readers Poll 1960 "Horns " (EP) Philips Netherlands 1960 Sell This Version
462 064 TE J.J. Johnson - Sound Of Jazz album art J.J. Johnson, The J.J. Johnson Quintet J.J. Johnson, The J.J. Johnson Quintet - Sound Of Jazz(7", EP) Fontana 462 064 TE Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
EZ-C 19007 J.J. Johnson - Jay And Kai album art Jay* And Kai* Jay* And Kai* - Jay And Kai(7", EP) London Records EZ-C 19007 UK Unknown Sell This Version
JEP 4529 J.J. Johnson - If I Had You  album art Milt Jackson & Jay Jay Johnson* Milt Jackson & Jay Jay Johnson* - If I Had You (7", EP) Jazz Selection JEP 4529 Sweden Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

PRESTIGE 4 J.J. Johnson - Trombone By Three album art Jay Jay Johnson* / Kai Winding / Bennie Green Jay Jay Johnson* / Kai Winding / Bennie Green - Trombone By Three(LP, Comp) Prestige PRESTIGE 4 US 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Trombone Master album art Jay Jay Johnson* Modern Jazz Trombone Master (Comp, Album) CBS Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
JL.80 J.J. Johnson - A Date In New York Vol. 1 album art Jay Jay Johnson*, Milt Jackson Jay Jay Johnson*, Milt Jackson - A Date In New York Vol. 1(LP, Comp) Vogue JL.80 France 1979 Sell This Version
JL. 96 J.J. Johnson - A Date In New York - Vol. 2 album art Jay Jay Johnson*, Al Cohn Jay Jay Johnson*, Al Cohn - A Date In New York - Vol. 2(LP, Comp) Vogue JL. 96 France 1979 Sell This Version

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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

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