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
|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|
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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