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Jan. 22, 1924 - Feb. 4, 2001
J J. Johnson talks about his influences in an interview, followed by his performance in Japan at the 1991 "Fujitsu Concord Jazz Festival."
ROob Schneiderman, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Akira Tana, drums
While playing in the Snookum Russell band early in his career during the early '40s J.J. Johnson was encouraged by Fats Navarro to play in a style influenced by tenor saxophonist Lester Young.
After a briefly stint with Count Basie ending in 1946, he became the first trombonist to embrace bebop.
That's how we grow.