Jimmy Nottingham

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James Edward Nottingham, Jr. (December 15, 1925[1] – November 16, 1978),[2] also known as Sir James,[3] was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player.[3]

He was born in New York, United States,[1] and started performing professionally in 1943 in Brooklyn with Cecil Payne[1][3] and Max Roach.[3]

He served in the Navy in 1944-45, where he played in Willie Smith's band.[1] It was while working with Lionel Hampton (1945–47), that he earned his reputation as a high-note player.[3] Following this, in 1947 he worked with Charlie Barnet,[3] Lucky Millinder (and again c. 1950),[3] Count Basie (1948–50), and Herbie Fields.[1] He played Latin jazz from 1951–53, and was hired by CBS as a staff musician in 1954.[1]

He worked for more than 20 years at CBS, and played jazz music in his spare time, co-leading a band with Budd Johnson (1962),[3] and as a sideman with many orchestras, including those of Dizzy Gillespie,[3] Oliver Nelson, Benny Goodman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis (1966–70), and Clark Terry (1974-75).[1] His only recordings as a leader were four songs for Seeco Records in 1957.[2]

Jimmy Nottingham died in November 1978, at the age of 52.[1]


As sideman[edit]

With Mose Allison

With Joe Cain

With Count Basie

With Kenny Burrell

With Maynard Ferguson

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Coleman Hawkins

With Quincy Jones

With Jimmy McGriff

With Oliver Nelson

With Chico O'Farrill

With Shirley Scott

With Sonny Stitt

With Big Joe Turner

  • Boss of the Blues (Atlantic 1956)
  • Big Joe Rides Again (Atlantic 1960)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1841. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ a b "Jimmy Nottingham Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Yanow, Scott (2002). "Nottingham, Jimmy." Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 3 December 2022.