James (Jimmy) Maxwell
Jimmy Maxwell (January 9, 1917 – July 20, 2002) was an American swing jazz trumpeter.
Maxwell played cornet from an early age, studying with Herbert L. Clarke in the early 1930s. He played with Gil Evans (1933–34), Jimmy Dorsey (1936), Maxine Sullivan, and Skinnay Ennis before joining Benny Goodman's band from 1939-43. He also played with Goodman later in life, including on his tour of the Soviet Union in 1962. He worked as a studio musician for NBC from 1943, playing on The Perry Como Show (1945–63), The Patti Page Show, the Pat Boone Show, and The Tonight Show (1963–73). He played first trumpet on hundreds of recordings and commercials from 1950-1980. In addition, he worked as a sideman for, among others, Woody Herman (1958), Count Basie, Duke Ellington (1973), Oliver Nelson, Gerry Mulligan, Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones (1964), the New York Jazz Repertory Company, and Chuck Israels's National Jazz Ensemble.
Of his sideman jobs, he is cited as having played trumpet in the Henri René orchestra for Eartha Kitt's first five albums; RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt (1953), That Bad Eartha (EP) (1954), Down To Eartha (1955), That Bad Eartha (LP) (1956), and Thursday's Child (1957), all with RCA Victor. Maxwell played the trumpet solo theme for the soundtrack of The Godfather. He also taught from the late 1970s onwards.
Later in life Maxwell worked with Dixieland jazz and swing ensembles such as Dick Sudhalter's New California Ramblers. He led one session for Circle Records in 1977. He retired from recording and performing later in life but still taught music until 2001, and died the next year.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 9, 1917 (Stockton), Died July 20, 2002 (Great Neck)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1964
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 80 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D9AB-2277||10-in.||10/4/1949||My hero||Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2278||10-in.||10/4/1949||Tell me why||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2279||10-in.||10/5/1949||Don't cry, Joe (Let her go, let her go, let her go)||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band. with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2280||10-in.||10/4/1949||Swing to 45||Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2281||10-in.||10/5/1949||Whispering hope||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2282||10-in.||10/5/1949||Penthouse serenade||Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2283||10-in.||10/5/1949||White Christmas||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2284||10-in.||10/5/1949||('Round her neck) She wore a yellow ribbon||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9VB-2828||10-in.||12/29/1949||Untitled||Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9VB-2858||10-in.||12/29/1949||What's the use of wond'ring||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2859||10-in.||12/29/1949||Leave it to love||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||D9AB-2860||10-in.||12/29/1949||Farewell, Amanda||Harry Prime ; Ralph Flanagan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72756||10-in.||3/5/1945||Little Jazz boogie||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||72757||10-in.||3/5/1945||Embraceable you||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||75584||12/12/1949||Nashville blues||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||75585||12/12/1949||We'll build a bungalow||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||75738||1/24/1950||Deep river||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||75739||1/24/1950||Siesta at the fiesta||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81394||8/14/1951||untitled original||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81395||8/14/1951||Kissing bug boogie||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81396||8/14/1951||Slick chick on the sly||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81451||8/24/1951||Shine on harvest moon||Jerry Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81452||8/24/1951||Introduction to a waltz||Jerry Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81453||8/25/1951||The dipsy doodle||Jerry Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||81454||8/25/1951||Flagwaver||Jerry Gray Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maxwell, James (Jimmy)," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330394.
Maxwell, James (Jimmy). (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/330394.
"Maxwell, James (Jimmy)." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.
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