Jimmy Nottingham

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Jimmy Nottingham (December 15, 1925[1] – November 16, 1978)[2] was an American jazz trumpeter.

He was born in New York, United States.[1] Nottingham's first professional job was with Cecil Payne in 1943.[1] He served in the Navy in 1944-45, where he played in Willie Smith's band.[1] Following this he worked with Lionel Hampton (1945–47), Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie (1948–50), and Herbie Fields.[1] He played Latin jazz from 1951–53, then was hired by CBS as a staff musician in 1954.[1] He worked for CBS for more than 20 years, and played jazz music in his spare time, with Budd Johnson (1962), Dizzy Gillespie, 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.