Johnny Bothwell

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Johnny Bothwell
(Portrait of Johnny Bothwell, between 1938 and 1948) (LOC) (5189342129).jpg
Background information
BornMay 23, 1919
Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 1995 (aged 76)
Lakeland, Florida, U.S.
InstrumentsAlto saxophone

Johnny Bothwell (May 23, 1919 – September 12, 1995)[1] was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader.


Bothwell played in Chicago in 1940 and then moved to New York City, playing with Woody Herman (1943) and Sonny Dunham (1944–46). He was a key member and featured soloist of Boyd Raeburn's groups in 1944–1945, and played with Gene Krupa in 1945. He formed his own groups between 1945 and 1949, and held a residency at the Tin Pan Alley Club in Chicago as well as in New York and Boston.[2]

Bothwell gave up music after 1949 and moved to Miami. He owned a number of bands but did not return to playing for the rest of his life.


  1. ^ Feather, the late Leonard; Gitler, Ira (2007-04-01). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-988640-1.
  2. ^ "Johnny Bothwell Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-06-25.