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August 26, 1901 - June 8, 1972


Jimmy Rushing appears on the "Jazz Casual" TV series in 1962.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1901 Jimmy Rushing studied music theory as a student at Douglass High School before attending Wilberforce College.

He toured the mid West as a blues shouter in 1923 and 1924 prior to settling in Los Angles later that year where he worked briefly with pianist and bandleader Jelly Roll Morton.

He went on to join Walter Page's "Blue Devils" in 1927 and would be among the group's members absorbed by Bennie Moten's "Kansas City Orchestra."

After Bennie's death in 1935, Jimmy Rushing who had become a top artist on the Kansas City scene went to work for the bandleader's young understudy Count Basie.

He remained with the Basie Orchestra for the next thirteen years ending in 1948 when he retired for a time before organizing his own band and lunching a highly successful solo career.

He made a number of television appearances and went on to tour Europe with Humphrey Lyttelton in 1958.

A year later Rushing was a featured guest on Duke Elligton's "Jazz Party" album, followed by an entire record with the "Dave Brubeck Quartet" in 1960.

Jimmy Rushing was diagnosed with leukemia and died in New York City on June 8, 1972.

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