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Benny Morton

tb, 1907-1985 US, New York City
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Henry Sterling Morton

Jazz trombonist associated with the swing genre (January 31, 1907, NYC – December 28, 1985, NYC) Morton's first break came in 1923 when he was hired by Clarence Holiday. In 1926 Morton started working with Fletcher Henderson, where he collaborated with fellow bandmate/mentor Jimmy Harrison. In addition to performing with Henderson, Morton played for Don Redman from 1932-1937 and with Count Basie from 1937-1940. Morton began working with Teddy Wilson in 1940, leaving Wilson's group in 1944 to play with Edmond Hall's sextet. He also lead own band during this time. At this time Morton began his career as a trombonist in a number of Broadway shows, and once Broadway became Morton's main gig, he stopped any long-term associations with specific groups, but continued to record as a sideman. After leaving Broadway he found work with a number of traditional jazz groups, subbing often for friend and fellow ex-Basie trombonist Vic Dickenson. He eventually replaced Dickenson in Saints & Sinners, and also worked with Wild Bill Davison's Jazz Giants, Sy Oliver's nonet, and Ray Nance's group. In 1964, he toured Africa with Paul Taubman as a part of the State Department jazz diplomacy program. From 1973-74, Morton worked with The World's Greatest Jazzband. Morton became ill after his stint with the World's Greatest Jazz Band and had to stop playing for three years. He resumed his musical career in 1977, recording with Earl Hines and appearing regularly on Art Hodes' television show. Unfortunately, health issues continued to limit him, and he passed away in New York City on December 28, 1985 due to complications from pneumonia.

  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
London Bridge Is Falling Down on The Complete Decca Recordings by Count Basie
I Keep Remembering (Someone I Should Forget) on The Complete Decca Recordings by Count Basie
5400 North on The Nifty Cat by Various Artists
Let Me Dream on The Complete Decca Recordings by Count Basie
Let Me Dream on The Complete Clef & Verve Fifties Studio Recordings by Count Basie
All of Me on In the Mood: Jazz Romance by Various Artists
The Nifty Cat on The Nifty Cat by Various Artists
Ball of Fire on The Nifty Cat by Various Artists
Pistol Packin' Mama on Times Change by Leonard Gaskin, Kenny Davern & Benny Morton
Jolly Hollis on The Nifty Cat by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
1934-1945Benny Morton1996Compil.
The Benny Morton And Jimmy Hamilton Blue Note SwingtetsBenny Morton And Jimmy Hamilton1986Compil.
The Jazz GiantsWild Bill Davison, Buzzy Drootin, Herb Hall, Claude Hopkins, Benny Morton, Arvell Shaw1970Album
Swing Hi - Swing LoIke Quebec / Jimmy Hamilton / John Hardee / Benny Morton1969Compil.
The Jazz GiantsThe Jazz Giants Featuring Wild Bill Davison, Buzzy Drootin, Herb Hall, Claude Hopkins, Benny Morton, Arvell Shaw1968Album
Trombone TimeJack Teagarden, Benny Morton, Bill Harris, Vic Dickenson, Claude Jones1950Album
Boogie / Williphant WillieBenny Morton1945Album
Star Dust / Chicken At The ChesterBenny Morton1945Album
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