Wikipedia : This day ( February 4, 2001), in Indianapolis, Indiana, died James Louis ‘J.J.’ Johnson, an American jazz trombonist.
@trombone.org : In the 1920s, Louis Armstrong raised the art of trumpet playing to previously unknown heights….. For the trombone, it was James Louis (J.J.) Johnson.
@allmusic : Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument…
@last.fm : He recorded a number of popular albums with fellow trombonist Kai Winding, as well as many solo albums, and was a sideman on many classic jazz recordings. Several of his compositions, including “Wee Dot,” “Lament,” and “Enigma” are considered jazz standards.
@Discogs : By the 70s, Johnson was so famous in the jazz world that he kept on winning Down Beat polls despite the fact that he was not really actively touring or playing. However, starting with a Japanese tour in 1977, J.J. gradually returned to a busy performance schedule; during the 80s he would go on to lead a quintet that often featured
Video : Autumn Leaves . w/ Kai Winding – It’S Alright With Me . It Never Entered My Mind . Blue Bossa (1993) . w/ Sonny Stitt H. Mcghee – Now’S The Time . w/ Jamey Abersold – Unknown . Quintergy (1993) . Carolyn Johnson – Lament .