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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PRLP 123 J.J. Johnson - Modern Jazz Trombones Volume Two album art Bennie Green, J.J. Johnson With Sonny Stitt Bennie Green, J.J. Johnson With Sonny Stitt - Modern Jazz Trombones Volume Two(10") Prestige PRLP 123 US 1951 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 US 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Trombone For Two album art J.J. Johnson And Kai Winding J.J. Johnson And Kai Winding - Trombone For Two (Album, EP) Columbia Germany 1955 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 3 album art J.J. Johnson The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 3 (Album) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
20-045 J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding - Jay & Kai(10", Album) Esquire 20-045 UK 1955 Sell This Version
MG 15048 J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai Vol. 2 album art J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding - Jay & Kai Vol. 2(10") Savoy Records MG 15048 US 1955 Sell This Version
RMG 6001, MG 6001 J.J. Johnson - Jazz South Pacific – Recorded In Concert On Guam album art J.J. Johnson, Howard McGhee, Oscar Pettiford, Ketter Betts*, Rudy Williams, Charlie Rice J.J. Johnson, Howard McGhee, Oscar Pettiford, Ketter Betts*, Rudy Williams, Charlie Rice - Jazz South Pacific – Recorded In Concert On Guam(LP, Album, Mono) Regent, Regent RMG 6001, MG 6001 US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay & Kai + 6: The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet album art J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - Jay & Kai + 6: The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet (Album) Columbia US 1956 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House album art Stan Getz And J.J. Johnson Stan Getz And J.J. Johnson - At The Opera House (Album) Verve Records US 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - First Place album art J.J. Johnson First Place (Album) Columbia US 1957 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Four Trombones album art Kai Winding + J.J. Johnson + Bennie Green + Willie Dennis And Featuring John Lewis (2) & Charlie Mingus* Kai Winding + J.J. Johnson + Bennie Green + Willie Dennis And Featuring John Lewis (2) & Charlie Mingus* - Four Trombones (Album) Debut Records USA & Canada 1957 Sell This Version
B 07 906 R J.J. Johnson - Jai And Kai album art Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson Kai Winding, J.J. Johnson - Jai And Kai(10") Philips B 07 906 R Germany 1958 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Finest Of K & JJ album art Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - The Finest Of K & JJ (Album) Bethlehem Records US 1959 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Blue Trombone album art J.J. Johnson Blue Trombone (Album) Columbia US 1959 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Trombone And Voices album art J.J. Johnson Trombone And Voices (Album) Columbia US 1960 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Great Kai & J. J. album art J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding - The Great Kai & J. J. (Album) Impulse! Spain 1961 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Four Trombones album art Four Trombones*, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Willie Dennis, Charlie Mingus*, John Lewis (2) Four Trombones*, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Willie Dennis, Charlie Mingus*, John Lewis (2) - Four Trombones (Album) Fantasy US 1962 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Play Kurt Weill's Mack The Knife & Bilbao-Song album art André Previn and J.J. Johnson André Previn and J.J. Johnson - Play Kurt Weill's Mack The Knife & Bilbao-Song (Album) Columbia UK 1962 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Reunion album art Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach Benny Golson With J.J. Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Max Roach - Reunion (Album) Jazzland US 1962 Sell This Version
V-8542 J.J. Johnson - Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe album art Dizzy Gillespie / J.J. Johnson / Stan Getz / Leo Wright / Art Davis / Chuck Lampkin / Lalo Schifrin / Candido Dizzy Gillespie / J.J. Johnson / Stan Getz / Leo Wright / Art Davis / Chuck Lampkin / Lalo Schifrin / Candido - Jazz At The Philharmonic In Europe(LP, Album, Mono) Verve Records V-8542 US 1963 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Jay And Kai  album art J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding - Jay And Kai (Album, Comp) Realm, Realm UK 1963 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Bone'ol'ogy album art J.J. Johnson Bone'ol'ogy (Album) Realm, Realm Jazz UK 1964 Sell This Version
SF 7721 J.J. Johnson - J.J.! album art J.J. Johnson J.J.!(LP) RCA Victor SF 7721 UK 1965 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - The Cape Verdean Blues album art The Horace Silver Quintet Plus J.J. Johnson The Horace Silver Quintet Plus J.J. Johnson - The Cape Verdean Blues (Album) Blue Note US 1965 Sell This Version
J.J. Johnson - Proof Positive album art J.J. Johnson Proof Positive (Album) Impulse! South Africa 1965 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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