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Arthur Edward Booth (born February 12, 1948, Buffalo, New York) is an American jazz double-bassist. His professional name is currently Juini Booth, though his nickname has been spelled Jiunie, Junie, Joony, Jooney, Joonie, Juni, Juney, and Junius, over the course of his career.
Booth began playing piano at about age eight, and switched to bass at 12. He worked with Chuck Mangione in his hometown in 1964-65 before moving to New York City around 1966, where he played with Eddie Harris, Art Blakey (1967), Sonny Simmons (1967-68), Marzette Watts (1966, 1968), Freddie Hubbard (1968-71), and Gary Bartz (1970). He played with Shelly Manne in Hollywood in 1969.
In the early 1970s Booth played with Tony Williams's Lifetime (1971-73) and McCoy Tyner (1973-76), also recording during this time with Larry Young (1973), Takehiro Honda, and Masabumi Kikuchi, the last two during a tour of Tokyo in 1974. After a short period with Hamiett Bluiett in 1976 he returned to Buffalo, though he also worked with Chico Freeman in Los Angeles and Junior Cook in New York in 1977. In 1977-78 he played with Elvin Jones and Charles Tolliver.
From 1980 to 1982 he played with Ernie Krivda in Cleveland, as well as locally in Buffalo. He recorded freelance with Beaver Harris (1983), Steve Grossman and Joe Chambers (1984), Franklin Kiermyer,and others. He worked with Sun Ra as an electric bassist in 1989, playing both electric and upright bass with the Arkestra beginning in 1996.
Booth currently lives and works in New York City.
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With Gary Bartz
- Harlem Bush Music (Milestone, 1970-71)
With Chico Freeman
- Beyond the Rain (Contemporary, 1977)
With Elvin Jones
- Time Capsule (Vanguard, 1977)
With McCoy Tyner
With Franklin Kiermyer
- Further (Mobility Music, 2014)
With George Spanos
- Dreams Beyond (Evolver Records, 2014)
- "His nickname has appeared variously as Jooney, Joonie, Joony, Juini, Juni, Junie, Juney, and Junius, though in the late 1990s his preferred spelling was Jiunie (but this of course may change)." Gary W. Kennedy, "Jiunie Booth". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Oxford Music Online.
- Gary W. Kennedy, "Jiunie Booth". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Oxford Music Online.