Seldon Powell

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Seldon Powell (15 November 1928 – 25 January 1997) was an American soul jazz, swing, and R&B tenor saxophonist and flautist born in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

He worked with Tab Smith (1949), Lucky Millinder (1949–51), Neal Hefti, Louis Bellson, and Jimmy Witherspoon.[1] During the 1960s he ventured into the soul jazz idiom and worked with Clark Terry, Lou Donaldson, Johnny Hammond Smith, and Buddy Rich.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Sedon Powell Plays (Roost 1955 [1956], reissued by Roulette, 1973))
  • Seldon Powell featuring Jimmy Cleveland (Roost, 1956)
  • Rhythm Plus One (Fresh Sound, 1956 [1984], LP reissue of selections from the above)
  • At the Hop (PMI)
  • Messin' with Seldon Powell (Encounter, 1973)

As sideman[edit]

With Tony Aless

  • Long Island Suite (Roost, 1955)

With Mose Allison

With Albert Ayler

With Chet Baker

With Gato Barbieri

  • Chapter Three, Viva Emiliano Zapata (Impulse!, 1974)

With Aaron Bell

  • Music from Peter Gunn (Lion, 1959)
  • Music from Victory at Sea (Lion, 1959)

With Louis Bellson

With Billy Butler

With Anthony Braxton

With Rusty Bryant

With Charlie Byrd

With Hank Crawford

With Bobby Donaldson

  • Jazz Unlimited (Golden Crest, 1960)

With Charles Earland

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Forrest

With Ronnie Foster

With Panama Francis

  • The beat behind million sellers (ABC, 1960)
  • Tough Talk (20th Century Fox, 1964)

With Friedrich Gulda

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

With Eddie Harris

With Neal Hefti

  • Hot'n Hearty (Epic, 1955)

With Groove Holmes

With Quincy Jones

With Rufus "Speedy" Jones

With Looking Glass

With Ahmed Abdul-Malik

With Arif Mardin

With Les McCann

With Jack McDuff

With Gary McFarland

With Jimmy McGriff

With Blue Mitchell

With Modern Jazz Quartet

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Chico O'Farrill

With Sy Oliver

  • Annie Laurie (Sesac, 1960)
  • Easy Walker (Sesac, 1962)

With Jimmy Owens

With Oliver Nelson

With Reuben Phillips

  • Manhattan...3 a.m. (Poplar, 1960)

With Bernard Purdie

With Buddy Rich

  • The Driver (EmArcy, 1960)

With Willie Rodriguez

  • Flatjacks (Riverside, 1964)

With A. K. Salim

With Eddie Sauter

  • The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra – Directions in Music (RCA, 1952–58)

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

With Leon Spencer

With Sonny Stitt

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

  • Color Changes (Candid, 1960)
  • What makes Sammy swing (20th Century Fox, 1963)

With Joe Thomas

With Teri Thornton

With Cal Tjader

With Ernie Wilkins

  • The Big New Band of the 60's (Everest, 1960)

With Jimmy Witherspoon


  1. ^ Rotante, Anthony (1965). "Jimmy Witherspoon Discography". Record Research. No. 65. Brooklyn, NY. p. 8. Retrieved January 16, 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Seldon Powell Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-23.