Jimmy Knepper (Trombonist)

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A highly talented trombonist, bluesy, fine soloist, Mr Knepper was a busy professional during his half-a-century career.
A major asset of Mingus formations between 1957-1962, he's also the unfortunate part of a Mingus violent moment, which resulted for Mingus in a court assignment, and for Knepper in broken teeth and loss of an octave in his playing range.
Knepper also recorded a number of sessions under his own name, and took, at the other end of his career, a strong part in Mingus Dinasty records.

Annotation last modified on 2006-06-12 04:10 UTC.


James Minter Knepper (November 22, 1927 – June 14, 2003) was an American jazz trombonist. In addition to his own recordings as leader, Knepper performed and recorded with Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, Claude Thornhill, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin, and, most famously, Charles Mingus in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Knepper died in 2003 of complications of Parkinson's disease.

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1957A Swinging Introduction To Jimmy KnepperJimmy Knepper1
1959Free Blown JazzTony Scott, Jimmy Knepper1
1959The Pepper - Knepper QuintetPepper Adams & Jimmy Knepper3
1979Just FriendsJoe Temperley & Jimmy Knepper1
1980Primrose PathJimmy Knepper With Bobby Wellins, Pete Jacobsen, Dave Green, Ron Parry1
1984I Dream Too MuchJimmy Knepper Sextet1
19861st PlaceJimmy Knepper1

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2000Pussy Cat Dues "The Music of Charles Mingus"Kevin Mahogany, Charles McPherson, Jimmy Knepper, Dennis Mackrel and the WDR Big Band Köln1

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