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J.J. Johnson

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Regarded as by many to become the best possible jazz trombonist ever, J.J. Johnson somehow moved the improvements of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his even more awkward instrument, using such velocity and deceptive simplicity that at once some listeners assumed he was playing valve (instead of slip) trombone. Johnson toured using the place rings of Clarence Like and Snookum Russell during 1941-1942, and spent 1942-1945 with Benny Carter’s big music group. He produced his documenting debut with Carter (going for a single on “Like on the market” in 1943), and performed at the 1st JATP concert (1944). Johnson also experienced plenty of single space during his stick with Count number Basie’s Orchestra (1945-1946). During 1946-1950, he used all the best bop music artists, including Charlie Parker (with whom he documented in 1947), the Dizzy Gillespie big music group, Illinois Jacquet (1947-1949), as well as the Kilometers Davis Delivery of the Great Nonet. His personal recordings from your period included such sidemen as Bud Powell and a Sonny Rollins. Johnson, who also documented using the Metronome All-Stars, used Oscar Pettiford (1951) and Kilometers Davis (1952), but was beyond music, working like a blueprint inspector for just two years (1952-1954). His fortunes transformed when, in August 1954, he created a two-trombone quintet with Kai Winding that became referred to as Jay and Kai and was very popular during its 2 yrs. After Johnson and Winding proceeded to go their separate methods (they might later have several reunions), Johnson led a quintet that frequently included Bobby Jaspar. He started to compose ambitious functions, you start with 1956’s “Poem for Brass,” and including “Un Camino Actual” and an attribute for Dizzy Gillespie, “Perceptions”; his “Lament” became a typical. Johnson caused Kilometers Davis during section of 1961-1962, led even more small sets of his personal, and by the past due ’60s was held busy writing tv and film ratings. J.J. Johnson was so popular within the jazz globe that he continued earning Downbeat polls in the 1970s, despite the fact that he had not been playing in any way. However, you start with a Japanese tour in 1977, Johnson steadily returned to some busy performance timetable, leading a quintet within the 1980s that frequently highlighted Ralph Moore. Within the middle-’90s, he continued to be near the top of his field, but with the past due ’90s and early in to the 2000s, the renowned musician fell sick with prostate cancers, and sadly had taken his very own life on Feb 4, 2001.

Quick Facts


Full Name J. J. Johnson
Died February 4, 2001, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Profession Film Score Composer, Bandleader, Trombonist
Education Crispus Attucks High School
Nationality American
Spouse Carolyn Johnson, Vivian Johnson
Parents Reverend James Horace Johnson, Nina Johnson
Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing In A Children's or Pre-School Children's Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Pre-School Program or Series, Gemini Award for Best Pre-School Program or Series
Music Groups Kai Winding
Music Songs Mack the Knife, Blue Bossa, Bilbao-Song, Unzulänglichkeit, Concepts in Blue, Wie man sich bettet, Parade Strut, 'Daylie' Double, Boneology, It's Only a Paper Moon, In Walked Horace, Willie Chase, Barbara-Song, Nermus, Why Indianapolis, Why Not Indianapolis?, Coppin' The Bop, Quintergy, You're Mine You, If I Hit The Lottery, Blue Nun, Blue Trombone, Cannonball Junction, Elora, Afternoon in Paris, Doncha Hear Me Callin' to Ya, Lullaby of Jazzland, Billie's Bounce, Buzzy, Take the Money, 150 Rounds, This Is the Police, Sick & Tired
Albums The Great Kai & J. J., Blue Trombone, The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 1, The Cape Verdean Blues, The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 2, Proof Positive, J Is for Jazz, Trombone for Two, Across 110th Street, Stonebone, Broadway Express, The Yokohama Concert, Pinnacles, Jay Jay Johnson with Clifford Brown, André Previn and J. J. Johnson, Jay and Kai, Concepts in Blue, Betwixt & Between, Dave Brubeck and Jay & Kai at Newport, The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Volume 3, First Place, Trombone by Three, J. J. Johnson's Jazz Quintets, Dial J. J. 5, The Eminent, J.J.'s Broadway, J. J. in Person!, Jay & Kai, Really Livin', The Total J.J. Johnson, Trombone and Voices, A Date in New York, Goodies, We'll Be Together Again, Israel, Chain Reaction: Yokohama Concert, Vol. 2, Play Mack the Knife and Other Kurt Weill Songs, J.J.!, It Could Happen To You (The Very Best Of), Get Happy, Jazz Foundations Vol. 40
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Children's Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Movie or Limited Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series, Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Movies Murder Me, Murder You, Willie Dynamite, Cleopatra Jones, Top of the Heap, Across 110th Street, Shaft, Man and Boy
TV Shows Dino Dan, Annedroids, Are We There Yet?: World Adventure, Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures, Giver


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dino Dana TV Series pre-production
Annedroids TV Series 1 episode, 2016 creator - 23 episodes, 2013 - 2017 story by - 23 episodes, 2014 - 2017 created by - 22 episodes, 2014 - 2016 developed by - 13 episodes, 2017 written by - 13 episodes, 2014 - 2017 teleplay by - 10 episodes, 2014 - 2015 story - 1 episode, 2014
Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures TV Series creator - 26 episodes, 2011 - 2016 story - 6 episodes, 2011 - 2013 teleplay - 2 episodes, 2013 teleplay by - 2 episodes, 2013
Chirp TV Series 1 episode, 2015 created for television by - 28 episodes, 2014 - 2015
Playdate 2015 TV Series creator
Giver TV Series creator - 33 episodes, 2012 - 2015 developed by - 20 episodes, 2014 - 2015
This Is Scarlett and Isaiah TV Series 1 episode, 2013 created by - 23 episodes written by - 20 episodes
Roll Play TV Series creator - 128 episodes, 2006 - 2012 writer - 5 episodes, 2007 - 2009 based on stories by - 1 episode, 2007
Are We There Yet?: World Adventure TV Series 1 episode, 2008 written by - 114 episodes, 2007 - 2011 creator - 78 episodes, 2007 - 2011
Dino Dan TV Series story - 26 episodes, 2010 - 2011 creator - 18 episodes, 2010 - 2011 teleplay by - 6 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 4 episodes, 2010 teleplay - 1 episode, 2011
The Ocean Room 2009-2010 TV Series creator - 26 episodes
The Jungle Room 2007 TV Series creator - 23 episodes
I Dare You TV Series creator - 39 episodes, 2006 - 2007 written by - 39 episodes, 2006 - 2007
This Is Emily Yeung TV Series creator - 70 episodes, 2006 written by - 70 episodes, 2006
This Is Daniel Cook TV Series written by - 131 episodes, 2004 - 2006 creator - 77 episodes, 2004 - 2006

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dino Dana TV Series executive producer pre-production
Annedroids TV Series executive producer - 53 episodes, 2013 - 2017 producer - 27 episodes, 2013 - 2015
Odd Squad 2014-2016 TV Series executive producer - 54 episodes
Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes, 2011 - 2016 producer - 26 episodes, 2011 - 2016
Bookaboo 2016 TV Series executive producer - 9 episodes
Chirp 2014-2015 TV Series executive producer - 28 episodes
Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence 2015 2015 TV Movie producer
Now You Know 2015 TV Series executive producer - 39 episodes
Giver 2012-2015 TV Series executive producer - 33 episodes
Playdate 2015 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
With Truelove Showers 2013 Short associate producer / executive producer
This Is Scarlett and Isaiah 2013 TV Series co-executive producer - 24 episodes
Miskate 2012 Short executive producer
Roll Play TV Series producer - 128 episodes, 2006 - 2012 executive producer - 24 episodes, 2012
Are We There Yet?: World Adventure 2007-2011 TV Series producer - 118 episodes
Dino Dan 2010-2011 TV Series producer - 26 episodes
The Ocean Room 2009-2010 TV Series producer - 26 episodes
Upload 2009 TV Movie producer
Gorilla Parenting 2008 TV Series producer - 18 episodes
The Jungle Room 2007 TV Series producer - 23 episodes
I Dare You 2006-2007 TV Series producer - 39 episodes
This Is Emily Yeung 2006 TV Series producer - 70 episodes
This Is Daniel Cook 2004-2006 TV Series producer - 130 episodes
Switchstance 2006 TV Short associate producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Annedroids 2013-2017 TV Series 25 episodes
Odd Squad: The Movie 2016
Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures 2011-2016 TV Series 26 episodes
Chirp 2014-2016 TV Series video director - 52 episodes
Odd Squad 2014-2016 TV Series 22 episodes
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street 2015 TV Series 2 episodes
Giver 2012-2015 TV Series 10 episodes
Playdate 2015 TV Series 4 episodes
This Is Scarlett and Isaiah 2013 TV Series 24 episodes
Roll Play 2006-2012 TV Series 118 episodes
Are We There Yet?: World Adventure 2007-2011 TV Series 118 episodes
Dino Dan 2010-2011 TV Series 26 episodes
Wonder Pets! 2011 TV Series 1 episode
I Dare You 2006-2007 TV Series 39 episodes
This Is Emily Yeung 2006 TV Series 70 episodes
This Is Daniel Cook 2004-2006 TV Series 131 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures 2011-2016 TV Series story by - 25 episodes
Chirp 2014-2015 TV Series partner - 30 episodes
Annedroids 2013-2015 TV Series developed by - 27 episodes
Giver 2012 TV Series Voiceover Writer - 13 episodes
Are We There Yet?: World Adventure 2007-2011 TV Series creator - 118 episodes
Dino Dan TV Series developed by - 26 episodes, 2010 - 2011 story by - 26 episodes, 2010 - 2011
Gorilla Parenting 2008 TV Series created by - 18 episodes

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Pre-School Program or Series Odd Squad (2014) · Blair Powers
· Timothy McKeon
· Adam Peltzman
· Paul Siefken
· Matthew J.R. Bishop
· Georgina Lopez
2016 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Odd Squad (2014) · Stephen Reynolds (director)
· Brian K. Roberts (director)
· Stefan Scaini (director)
· Craig David Wallace (director)
2015 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Odd Squad (2014)
2015 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures (2011) · Blair Powers (executive producer)
· Christin Simms (co-executive producer)
· Matthew J.R. Bishop (producer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series Giver (2012) · Blair Powers
· Matthew J.R. Bishop
· Kristen McGregor
· Rennata Lopez
2016 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series Annedroids (2013) · Blair Powers
· Matthew J.R. Bishop
· Christin Simms
2016 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Annedroids (2013) · Christin Simms
2016 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Series Odd Squad (2014) · Paul Siefken (executive produceer)
· Blair Powers (executive producer)
· Timothy McKeon (executive producer)
· Matthew J.R. Bishop (producer)
· Georgina Lopez (producer)
· Mark De Angelis (creative producer)
· Emily Helfgot (consulting producer)
· Adam Peltzman (co-executive producer)
2015 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series Giver (2012) · Matthew J.R. Bishop
· Rennata Lopez
· Kristen McGregor
· Blair Powers
2015 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series This Is Scarlett and Isaiah (2013)
2015 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures (2011) · Christin Simms
2015 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Annedroids (2013)
2015 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Series Odd Squad (2014) · Timothy McKeon (executive producer)
· Blair Powers (executive producer)
· Paul Siefken (executive producer)
· Adam Peltzman (co-executive producer)
· Matthew J.R. Bishop (producer)
· Georgina Lopez (producer)
· Mark De Angelis (creative producer)
· Emily Helfgot (consulting producer)
2015 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Children's or Pre-School Children's Series Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures (2011)
2014 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Dino Dan (2010) · Blair Powers (executive producer)
· Christin Simms (co-executive producer)
· Matthew J.R. Bishop (producer)
2013 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Pre-School Program or Series Are We There Yet?: World Adventure (2007) · Blair Powers
· Matthew J.R. Bishop (as Matthew Bishop)
2013 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series Giver (2012) · Matthew J.R. Bishop
· Kristen McGregor
· Blair Powers
2012 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series Wonder Pets! (2006) · Billy Lopez
· Billy Aronson
· Chris Nee
· Rodney Stringfellow
· Christin Simms
· Dustin Ferrer
2008 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series Are We There Yet?: World Adventure (2007) · Matthew Bishop
· Blair Powers
2007 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series This Is Emily Yeung (2006) · Mark J.W. Bishop
· Matthew Bishop
· Matt Hornburg
· Blair Powers
2006 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series This Is Daniel Cook (2004) · Mark Bishop
· Matthew Bishop
· Matt Hornburg
· Blair Powers
2005 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Pre-School Program or Series This Is Daniel Cook (2004) · Mark Bishop
· Matthew Bishop
· Matt Hornburg
· Blair Powers
2005 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series This Is Daniel Cook (2004)


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