James Henry Harrison (October 17, 1900, Louisville, Kentucky – July 23, 1931, New York City) was an American jazz trombonist.
Harrison began on trombone at age 15, playing locally in the Toledo, Ohio area. He played semi-pro baseball, but chose music over a career in sports when he joined a traveling minstrel show in the late 1910s.
He led his own jazz ensemble in Atlantic City by 1919, and played in the bands of Charlie Johnson and Sam Wooding. He then moved to Detroit and played with Hank Duncan and Roland Smith. After returning to Toledo, he played gigs with June Clark and James P. Johnson, and followed this with a stint in New York City with Fess Williams.
In 1924, June Clark took over leadership of Harrison's ensemble, though he continued to perform in it. In 1925 he began working with Billy Fowler, where he remained for several years. He also played with Duke Ellington in the mid-1920s. Later in the decade Harrison played with Elmer Snowden and Fletcher Henderson. While on tour with Henderson in 1930, he took ill with a stomach ailment, and though he continued to play for several months with Chick Webb, he died of this condition in 1931.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 17th, 1900 (Louisville), Died July 23rd, 1931 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, vocalist, speaker
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-47530||10-in.||9/19/1928||Gettin' away from me||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BVE-47531||10-in.||9/19/1928||The boy in the boat||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||speaker, instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||BVE-47532||10-in.||9/19/1928||Walk that thing||Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Victor||PBS-97017||10-in.||9/27/1935||Madhouse||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W143567||10-in.||3/2/1927||After you've gone||Bessie Smith and her Band||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quintet||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W143568||10-in.||3/2/1927||Alexander's ragtime band||Blue Boys [Bessie Smith ensemble] ; Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quintet||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W143569||10-in.||3/2/1927||Muddy water||Bessie Smith and her Band||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental sextet||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W143570||10-in.||3/2/1927||There'll be a hot time in the old town to-night||Blue Boys [Bessie Smith ensemble] ; Bessie Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quintet||instrumentalist, trombone|
|Columbia||W151277||10-in.||2/5/1931||Sweet and hot||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|OKeh||73753||10-in.||Nov. 1925||Down at the Razor Ball||Sara Martin||Female vocal solo, with cornet, trombone, and piano||instrumentalist, trombone|
|OKeh||73754||10-in.||Nov. 1925||Mournful blues||Sara Martin||Female vocal solo, with cornet, trombone, and piano||instrumentalist, trombone|
|OKeh||73755||10-in.||Nov. 1925||Georgia stockade blues||Sara Martin||Female vocal solo, with cornet, trombone, and piano||instrumentalist, trombone|
|OKeh||W404566||10-in.||12/4/1930||Goodbye blues||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone|
|OKeh||W404596||10-in.||12/30/1930||Cloudy skies||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
|OKeh||W404597||10-in.||12/30/1930||Got another sweetie now||Chocolate Dandies ; Jimmy Harrison||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|OKeh||W404598||10-in.||12/30/1930||Bugle call rag||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone, vocalist|
|OKeh||W404599||10-in.||12/30/1930||Dee blues||Chocolate Dandies||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trombone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Harrison, Jimmy," accessed April 15, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100200.
Harrison, Jimmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 15, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100200.
"Harrison, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 15 April 2021.
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