Jimmy Cleveland

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James Milton Cleveland
Jimmy Cleveland.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jimmy Cleveland
Born (1926-05-03)May 3, 1926
Wartrace, Tennessee, United States
Died August 23, 2008(2008-08-23) (aged 82)
Lynwood, California, United States
Genres Bop
Hard bop
Instruments trombone
Years active 1951-2008
Labels Emarcy Records
Verve Records
Associated acts Miles Davis

Jimmy Cleveland (May 3, 1926 – August 23, 2008)[1] was an American jazz trombonist born in Wartrace, Tennessee.

Cleveland worked with many well-known jazz musicians, including Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Quincy Jones, Lucky Thompson, Gigi Gryce, Oscar Peterson, Oscar Pettiford and James Brown. He also recorded a sequence of albums for EmArcy/Mercury Records in the 1950s and 1960s. He continued to make records with Zion Records later in his career.

Cleveland died August 23, 2008 in Lynwood, California at age 82.[1]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

with Julian Cannonball Adderley:

With Gene Ammons

With Dorothy Ashby

With Art Blakey

With Brass Fever

with James Brown:

With Ruth Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

with Clifford Coulter

With Hank Crawford

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

with Miles Davis:

with Gil Evans

With Art Farmer

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Johnny Griffin

with Gigi Gryce:

With Chico Hamilton

With Milt Jackson

with Antonio Carlos Jobim:

  • The Composer of "Desafinado", Plays (Verve, 1962)
  • Wave (CTI, 1967)

With Quincy Jones

With Sam Jones

with Gene Krupa:

  • Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements (Verve, 1958)

with Melba Liston:

With Mundell Lowe

With Junior Mance

With Charles Mingus

With Blue Mitchell

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With Thelonious Monk

With Wes Montgomery

With James Moody

With Oliver Nelson

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Duke Pearson

With Tony Perkins

with Oscar Peterson:

with Oscar Pettiford:

  • The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra In Hi-Fi (ABC-Paramount, 1956); reissued on Deep Passion, Impulse!)

With Sonny Rollins

with Jimmy Rushing:

with Lalo Schifrin

With Shirley Scott

with Jimmy Smith:

With Sonny Stitt

With Idrees Sulieman

with Billy Taylor

with Clark Terry:

with Lucky Thompson:

  • Lucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford, Vol. 2 (ABC-Paramount, 1956; reissued on Tricotism, Impulse)

with Stanley Turrentine:

with Sarah Vaughan:

with Dinah Washington:

With Randy Weston