Jimmy Nottingham

James Edward Nottingham, Jr. (December 15, 1925 – November 16, 1978), also known as Sir James, was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player.

He was born in New York, United States, and started performing professionally in 1943 in Brooklyn with Cecil Payne and Max Roach.

He served in the Navy in 1944-45, where he played in Willie Smith's band. It was while working with Lionel Hampton (1945–47), that he earned his reputation as a high-note player. Following this, in 1947 he worked with Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder (and again c. 1950), Count Basie (1948–50), and Herbie Fields. He played Latin jazz from 1951–53, and was hired by CBS as a staff musician in 1954.

He worked for more than 20 years at CBS, and played jazz music in his spare time, co-leading a band with Budd Johnson (1962), and as a sideman with many orchestras, including those of Dizzy Gillespie, Oliver Nelson, Benny Goodman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis (1966–70), and Clark Terry (1974-75). His only recordings as a leader were four songs for Seeco Records in 1957.

Jimmy Nottingham died in November 1978, at the age of 52.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 15, 1925 (New York City), Died November 16, 1968 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1968

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet

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Recordings (Results 126-129 of 129 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 4481 8/6/1947 You better be satisfied Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 4482 8/6/1947 Hamp's got a Duke Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 4483 8/6/1947 Gone again Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
Decca L 4484 8/6/1947 3 minutes on 52nd Street Lionel Hampton Orchestra instrumentalist, trumpet  
(Results 126-129 of 129 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nottingham, Jimmy," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/334194.

Nottingham, Jimmy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/334194.

"Nottingham, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/334194

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