J.J. Johnson

James Louis Johnson

Also known as C.C. Siegel, J, J J Johnson, J. J., J. J. Johnson, J. Johnson, J.-J. Johnson, J.J Johnson, J.J., J.J.Johnson, James Johnson, Jay, Jay & Kai, Jay & Kai Trombone Octet, Jay And Kai Quintet, The, Jay J. Johnson, Jay Jay, Jay Jay Johnson, Jay Jay Johnson - Kai Winding Quintet, Jay Jay Johnson Sextet, Jay Jay Johnson's Be Boppers, JJ Johnson, John "J.J." Johnson, John Siegel, Johnson, Mr. Jay Jay Johnson, Mr. Johnson

Discography of J.J. Johnson:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 At The Opera House 5 Audio 1966 Verve Records
2 At The Opera House 6 Audio 1957 Verve Records
3 The Great Kai & J. J. 11 Audio 1997 Impulse!
4 "Mack The Knife", "Bilbao Song" etc. 8 Audio 1962 CBS
5 At The Opera House 10 Audio 1986 Verve Records
6 At The Opera House 6 Audio 1957 Verve Records
7 Across 110th Street 11 Audio 1972
8 The Cape Verdean Blues 6 Audio 2004 Blue Note
9 Willie Dynamite (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 10 Audio 1974 MCA Records
10 Across 110th Street (Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack) 19 Audio 1997 Rykodisc
11 Jay & Kai + 6: The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet 12 Audio 1956 Columbia
12 Sonny Stitt / Bud Powell / J.J. Johnson 17 Audio 1990-04-13
13 Across 110th Street 11 Audio 1972 United Artists Records
14 At The Opera House 6 Audio 1957 Verve Records
15 At Newport 7 Audio 1956 Columbia
16 Willie Dynamite (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 10 Audio MCA Records
17 Pinnacles 6 Audio 1980 Milestone Records
18 The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1 9 Audio 1989 Blue Note
19 The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2 15 Audio 1989 Blue Note
20 Cleopatra Jones (Original Soundtrack) 12 Audio 2001
21 Across 110th Street 11 Audio United Artists Records
22 Jay & Kai + 6 - The Jay And Kai Trombone Octet 8 Audio 1956 Philips
23 Things Are Getting Better All The Time 8 Audio 1984 Pablo Records
24 Across 110th Street 11 Audio 1997-12-20 Jimco Records
25 Things Are Getting Better All The Time 8 Audio 1984 Pablo Records
26 Trombone By Three 12 Audio 1984
27 The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2 10 Audio 1955 Blue Note
28 Goodies 12 Audio 1966 RCA Victor
29 At The Opera House 14 Audio VSP
30 Jazz Spectacular 10 Audio 1975 Columbia Special Products
31 Trombone And Voices 10 Audio 1960 Columbia
32 The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume Two 15 Audio 2001-07-24 Blue Note
33 Four Trombones Volume 2 4 Audio America Records
34 Blue Trombone 7 Audio 1979-09-21 CBS/Sony
35 Proof Positive 6 Audio 1977 Impulse!
36 Proof Positive 6 Audio 1964 His Master's Voice
37 Música Para 4 Solistas Y Orquesta No 1 6 Audio 1975
38 Pilares Del Jazz Moderno 8 Audio Opus Jazz
39 Four Trombones 4 Audio 1962 Fantasy
40 Israel 9 Audio 1992-12-02 A&M Records
41 K + J.J. 10 Audio
42 Four Trombones 4 Audio 1976
43 Pinnacles 6 Audio 1980 Milestone Records
44 Israel 9 Audio 1984
45 Cleopatra Jones (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 70 Audio 2010-04-00 Film Score Monthly
46 Four Trombones . . . The Debut Recordings 8 Audio 1981 Prestige
47 The Trombone Album 17 Audio 1980 Savoy Records
48 At Newport 7 Audio 1999-04-01 SME Records
49 The Great Kai & J.J., Swinging Together Again 11 Audio 1980
50 Trombone For Two 10 Audio 1955 Columbia


American jazz trombonist.

Born : January 22, 1924 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Died : February 04, 2001 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1941-42: toured with the territory bands of Clarence Love and Snookum Russell.

1942-45: Benny Carter's big band. Made his recording debut (taking a solo on "Love for Sale" in 1943) and played at the first JATP concert (1944).

1945-6: Count Basie's Orchestra.

1946-60: 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.

1951-2: played with Oscar Pettiford and Miles Davis.

1954-6: formed a two-trombone quintet with Kai Winding that became known as Jay and Kai - various reunions would later happen.

1956-60: 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.

1961-2: worked again with Miles Davis, and led some small groups of his own.

60s: greater part of time spent writing television and film scores.

By the 70s, 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 80s he would go on to lead a quintet that often featured Ralph Moore.


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