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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Albums

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 - 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 - 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 - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1 album art Jay Jay Johnson* The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1 (Comp) Blue Note US 1989 Sell This Version
CDP 7 81506 2 J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2 album art Jay Jay Johnson* The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2(CD, Comp, RE) Blue Note CDP 7 81506 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets album art J.J. Johnson J.J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets (Album) Savoy Jazz US 1992 Sell This Version
FSM Vol. 13 No. 6 J.J. Johnson - Cleopatra Jones (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Joe Simon & J.J. JohnsonDominic Frontiere Joe Simon & J.J. JohnsonDominic Frontiere - Cleopatra Jones (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE) Film Score Monthly FSM Vol. 13 No. 6 US 2010 Sell This Version
SA 6016, 30 SA 6016, 6016 J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai album art Jay* & Kai* Jay* & Kai* - Jay & Kai(LP, Album, RE) Savoy-Musidisc, Savoy-Musidisc, Savoy-Musidisc SA 6016, 30 SA 6016, 6016 France Unknown 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

45-1632 J.J. Johnson - Groovin' album art Jay Jay Johnson* Groovin'(7", Single) Blue Note 45-1632 US 1955 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
BEP 115 J.J. Johnson - K + J.J. album art K* & J.J.* K* & J.J.* - K + J.J.(7", EP, Mono) Bethlehem Records BEP 115 US 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 - Early Bones album art J.J. Johnson - Kai Winding - Bennie Green With Sonny Rollins, John Lewis (2), Gerry Mulligan, Art Blakey J.J. Johnson - Kai Winding - Bennie Green With Sonny Rollins, John Lewis (2), Gerry Mulligan, Art Blakey - Early Bones (Comp) Prestige Italy 1976 Sell This Version
GdJ 61 J.J. Johnson - Jay Jay Johnson album art Jay Jay Johnson* Jay Jay Johnson(LP, Comp) Fabbri Editori GdJ 61 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
FCPA 741 J.J. Johnson - Getz & Johnson album art Getz* & Johnson* Getz* & Johnson* - Getz & Johnson(LP, Comp, Mono, Promo) CBS/Sony FCPA 741 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
none J.J. Johnson - Jay Jay Johnson album art Jay Jay Johnson* Jay Jay Johnson(Cass, Comp) Fabbri Editori none Italy 1986 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Four Trombones...The Debut Recordings album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Willie Dennis J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Willie Dennis - Four Trombones...The Debut Recordings (Comp) Prestige US 1990 Sell This Version
JA - CD 2063, Vol. V, Nº 15 J.J. Johnson - Jay Jay Johnson - Frank Rosolino album art Jay Jay Johnson*, Frank Rosolino Jay Jay Johnson*, Frank Rosolino - Jay Jay Johnson - Frank Rosolino(CD, Comp) Editions Atlas, Les Génies Du Jazz JA - CD 2063, Vol. V, Nº 15 France 1991 Sell This Version
PRCD-11025-2 J.J. Johnson - The J.J. Johnson Memorial Album album art J.J. Johnson The J.J. Johnson Memorial Album(CD, Comp, RM) Prestige PRCD-11025-2 US 2003 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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