Snookum Russell

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Snookum Russell, c. 1943

Snookum Russell (April 6, 1913 – August 1981) was an American pianist and leader of a territory band that played tobacco warehouses and dance halls in the South and Midwest[1] in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Russell was born in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Members of his bands included J. J. Johnson, who joined shortly after, and played with[1][2] Fats Navarro,[3] Ray Brown, Tommy Turrentine and Herbie Phillips.


  • 1962: Jazz at Preservation Hall 4: The George Lewis Band of New Orleans - The George Lewis Band of New Orleans, with George Lewis (cl) Isaac "Snookum" Russell (p) Papa John Joseph (b) Joe Watkins (d) (Atlantic LP 1411)[4]


  1. ^ a b [1] Archived July 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "J. J. Johnson: 1924-2001". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  3. ^ The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz - Google Libros. 1999-11-18. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Atlantic Records Discography: 1962". Retrieved 2013-03-11.