Jimmy Powell

James Theodore Powell (October 24, 1914 – February 16, 1994) was an American jazz saxophonist who played alto sax.

He played on two recording dates with Billie Holiday for Columbia. The first, in February 1940, was with a band comprising Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Carl Frye and Powell on alto saxophones, Kermit Scott (musician) on tenor sax, Sonny White on piano, Lawrence Lucie on guitar, John Williams on bass and Hal West on drums. The second recording session was in May 1941, again with Eldridge, together with Lester Boone, Ernie Powell, and Jimmy Powell on alto saxophones, Eddie Heywood on piano, Paul Chapman on guitar, Grachan Moncur on bass, and Herbert Cowans on drums.

In December 1944, he recorded with Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra, with Oscar Pettiford, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Thomas Crump, Wardell Gray, Dizzy Gillespie, Chippy Outcalt, and Trummie Young, among others. The album was released in 1960 as Mr "B".

In 1945, he recorded in New York with Don Byas and Hal Singer.

At the beginning of 1947, Powell was with Illinois Jacquet and his Orchestra, which featured Miles Davis, Marion Hazel, Fats Navarro and Joe Newman on trumpets, Gus Chapwell, Ted Kelly, Eli Robinson and Dickie Wells on trombones, Ray Perry and Powell on alto saxes, Jacquet and Big Nick Nicholas on tenor saxes, Leo Parker on baritone sax, Bill Doggett and Leonard Feather on piano, Al Lucas on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums, together with Tadd Dameron and Jimmy Mundi as arrangers. And again, in April the same year, with a slightly different line-up, this time featuring Russell Jacquet, Navarro and Newman on trumpets, JJ Johnson on trombone, Powell or Ray Perry on alto, Illinois Jacquet on tenor, Leo Parker on baritone, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Freddie Green on guitar, Al Lucas on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums.

In 1956, Powell was a member of the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band that recorded Groovin' High live at Birdland with Walter Bishop on piano, Nelson Boyd on bass, Marty Flax on baritone, Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Carl Warwick and Joe Gordon on trumpets, Benny Golson and Ernie Wilkins on tenor, Ernie Henry and Phil Woods on alto saxes, Roy Levitt and Melba Liston on trombones. He went on to record several albums with Gillespie.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 24th, 1914, Died February 16th, 1994

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-022432 10-in. 4/12/1938 Skrontch Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 67091 10-in. 1/23/1940 I would do anything for you Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67092 10-in. 1/23/1940 I ain't got nobody Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67093 10-in. 1/23/1940 A porter's love song to a chambermaid Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67094 10-in. 1/23/1940 Gone with the gin Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67099 10-in. 1/23/1940 Walk it to me (Call of the wild) Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 67100 10-in. 1/23/1940 I won't be here long Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73607 5/29/1946 Temptation Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73608 5/29/1946 I don't know why (I just do) Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73609 5/29/1946 It's only a paper moon Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73610 5/29/1946 Laura Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73786 1/24/1947 Guilty Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73787 1/24/1947 Sentimental journey Ella Fitzgerald instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73914 5/15/1947 Peg o' my heart Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73915 5/15/1947 Yesterdays Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73925 5/27/1947 Yesterdays Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 73926 5/27/1947 Peg o' my heart Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85038 8/14/1953 Slow and easy Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85039 8/14/1953 Flamingo Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85040 8/14/1953 Mambo in blues Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 85041 8/14/1953 The scene is clean Lucky Thompson instrumentalist, alto saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Powell, Jimmy," accessed March 6, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108570.

Powell, Jimmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 6, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108570.

"Powell, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 6 March 2021.

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