J. J. Johnson (born James Louis Johnson) set a new standard for jazz trombone playing in the post-swing era, adapting the instrument to bebop in a way that influenced every jazz trombonist who followed him. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, he made his recording debut with Benny Carter in 1943 and formed a successful quintet with Kai Winding in 1954. As a gifted composer of songs, including Kelo and Lament, he wrote a number of scores for television and film, notably Across 110th Street.
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Volume 1 portrays 35 outstanding musical legends that have shaped and continue to inspire America’s rich jazz tradition.
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