Benny Morton

Henry Sterling Morton

Also known as B. Morton, Bennie Morton, Benny Morten, Benny Morton And His Orchestra, Henry "Benny" Morton, Henry Morton, Morton
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Discography of Benny Morton:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Swing Hi - Swing Lo 10 Audio 1969
2 The Jazz Giants 9 Audio 1968 Sackville Recordings
3 The Benny Morton And Jimmy Hamilton Blue Note Swingtets 13 Audio 1986 Mosaic Records (2)

Jazz trombonist associated with the swing genre (January 31, 1907, NYC – December 28, 1985, NYC)

Morton's first break came in 1923 when he was hired by [a=Clarence Holiday]. In 1926 Morton started working with [a=Fletcher Henderson], where he collaborated with fellow bandmate/mentor [a=Jimmy Harrison]. In addition to performing with Henderson, Morton played for [a=Don Redman] from 1932-1937 and with [a=Count Basie] from 1937-1940. Morton began working with [a=Teddy Wilson] in 1940, leaving Wilson's group in 1944 to play with [a=Edmond Hall]'s sextet. He also lead own band during this time. At this time Morton began his career as a trombonist in a number of Broadway shows, and once Broadway became Morton's main gig, he stopped any long-term associations with specific groups, but continued to record as a sideman.

After leaving Broadway he found work with a number of traditional jazz groups, subbing often for friend and fellow ex-Basie trombonist [a=Vic Dickenson]. He eventually replaced Dickenson in [a=Saints & Sinners, The], and also worked with [a=Wild Bill Davison]'s Jazz Giants, [a=Sy Oliver]'s nonet, and [a=Ray Nance]'s group. In 1964, he toured Africa with [a=Paul Taubman] as a part of the State Department jazz diplomacy program. From 1973-74, Morton worked with [a=World's Greatest Jazzband, The]. Morton became ill after his stint with the World's Greatest Jazz Band and had to stop playing for three years. He resumed his musical career in 1977, recording with [a=Earl Hines] and appearing regularly on [a=Art Hodes]' television show. Unfortunately, health issues continued to limit him, and he passed away in New York City on December 28, 1985 due to complications from pneumonia.

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