A Just Jazz 80th Birthday Tribute to trombonist Benny Powell
Born in New Orleans on March 1, 1930, trombonist Benny Powell is best known for his twelve-year tenure (1951–63) with Count Basie, his contribution to the Count's all-time hit, "April in Paris," and his blues-laced, storytelling approach to improvisation.
During his rich and diverse musical career Benny Powell has performed and recorded with Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Duke Pearson, Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath, John Carter, Slide Hampton's World of Trombones, Philly Joe Jones' Dameronia, Randy Weston's African Rhythms, and countless other major jazz artists. He has worked extensively on Broadway, television, and recordings, and is a talented composer as well as a dedicated jazz educator and activist.
On a special edition of his weekly Just Jazz Presents... segment (midnight-1:00 am Eastern Time, US), Bob will be offering an hour-long 80th birthday tribute to this jazz trombone master, Benny Powell.