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J. J. Johnson
Birth: Jan. 22, 1924
Death: Feb. 4, 2001

Musician. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was a jazz trombonist noted as one of the first artist to embrace bebop music. He started his career in the 1940s big band swing era, playing with artists to include Clarence Love, Snookum Russell, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. During the 1950s, he had many collaborations with different artists, recorded for Savoy Records and toured internationally. As a composer, he produced his solo albums "Perceptions" (1961), "J.J.'s Broadway" (1963) and performed at the First International Jazz Festival in Washington D.C. Through the 1970s, he scored music for feature films, television and a recorded a few albums as a sideman with Count Basie. Retuning to performing in the mid 1980s, he toured the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1992, he signed a contract with Verve Records which resulted in five albums as a solo artist and as a band leader, for small groups to separate brass orchestra and string orchestra recordings. He retired from active performing and touring in late 1996, but remained active as a composer until his death from suicide at age 77. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
 
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Record added: May 17, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 22366
J. J. Johnson
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- Martin W
 Added: Sep. 25, 2014
Thanks for all the music and inspiration. You need to know that the world was a much better place with you in it and you made a tremendous difference in the lives of many.
- Snook Johnson
 Added: Jul. 6, 2014

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Jan. 22, 2014
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