Matthew Gee

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Matthew Gee (November 25, 1925, Houston, Texas – July 18, 1979, New York City)[1] was an American bebop trombonist and part-time actor.

Gee played trumpet and baritone as a child, and took up the trombone at age 11. After studying at Alabama State University, he played with Coleman Hawkins before doing a stint in the Army. Following this, he played with Dizzy Gillespie (1946–1949), Joe Morris, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt (1950), Count Basie (1951), Illinois Jacquet (1952–1954), Lou Donaldson (1954), Sarah Vaughan (1956), and Gillespie again in 1957. In 1956 he released his only record as a bandleader on Riverside Records. From 1959 to 1963 he played on and off with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Later in the 1960s, he played in small groups with Paul Quinichette and Brooks Kerr, as well as in big bands with Sonny Stitt and Johnny Griffin.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

  • The Gene Ammons Story: The 78 Era (Prestige, 1950–55)

With Count Basie

  • April In Paris (Verve, 1956)
  • Basie in London (Verve, 1956)

With Lou Donaldson

With Duke Ellington

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Tony Graye

  • Oh, Gee! (Zim, 1975)

With Johnny Griffin

  • The Big Soul Band (OJC, 1960)

With Coleman Hawkins

  • Body And Soul Revisited (GRP, 1951–58)

With Erskine Hawkins

  • 1946-1947 (Classics)

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Flying Home: The Best Of The Verve Years (Verve, 1951–58)
  • The Soul Explosion (Prestige, 1969)

With Sonny Stitt

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deffaa, Chip (2002). "Gee, Matthew(,Jr.)". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 24. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.