Name: Institution: Course: Date: J.J. Johnson Biography Viewed by the world as the jazz icon J.J.Johnson was among the most influential and successful trombonists around the globe. He was a man well versed with the jazz world and had an innovative mind as he could play his trombone with exemplary speed and ease that got his listeners moved. Born in January 22 1924 Johnson went on to play alongside the likes of benny carter dizzy Gillespie and count Basie. He attended Crispus Attucks High school at his tender age where he was able to develop early enthusiasm for conceptual melodic songs mostly played by tenor saxophonist. At the tender age of fourteen he developed interest in playing the trombone where he played for the high school band and the YMCA band. While playing with Snookum band that constituted of left listeners with an impression of his true artistry and solid craftsmanship. In the late 1987 Johnson returned to Indianapolis his hometown where he settled with Vivian his first wife till her demise in 1991. Johnson recorded an album to pay tribute to her death afterwards retiring from public performance. During this time Johnson was battling with prostate cancer while at the same time learning the dynamics of modern technology and its role in jazz music (Dicaire 45). Work cited Appiah Anthony and Henry L. Gates. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005. Print. Dicaire David. Jazz Musicians 1945 to the Present. Jefferson NJ [u.a.: McFarland 2006. Ramsey Guthrie P. The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop. Berkeley: University of California Press 2013. Print. [...]
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