Jimmy Cleveland

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Jimmy Cleveland
Background information
Birth nameJames Milton Cleveland
Born(1926-05-03)May 3, 1926
Wartrace, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 2008(2008-08-23) (aged 82)
Lynwood, California
Years active1951–2008
LabelsEmArcy, Verve
Spouse(s)Janet Thurlow

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

Cleveland was signed by EmArcy Records in 1955.[2] Cleveland was married to jazz vocalist Janet Thurlow.[3] He died on August 23, 2008, in Lynwood, California, at the age of 82.[1] He was buried beside his wife at Riverside National Cemetery.[4]


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 Teddy Edwards

with Gil Evans

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Johnny Griffin

with Gigi Gryce

With Friedrich Gulda

  • Friedrich Gulda at Birdland (RCA Victor, 1957)
  • A Man of Letters (Decca, 1957)

With Chico Hamilton

With Milt Jackson

with Antonio Carlos Jobim

With J. J. Johnson

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 Gary McFarland

With Carmen McRae

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 Joe Newman

With Duke Pearson

With Tony Perkins

with Oscar Peterson

with Oscar Pettiford

With Specs Powell

With Jerome Richardson

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

With Gerald Wilson

With Kai Winding

With Phil Woods


  1. ^ a b Jazztimes Archived 2008-09-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "EmArcy Signs Jazz Artists". Billboard. Vol. 67, no. 15. April 9, 1955. p. 15.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Cleveland, with a scant fringe of goatee nesting..." UPI. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  4. ^ "James M. Cleveland". Nationwide Grave Locator. National Cemetery Administration. Retrieved 2022-11-21.