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Billy Mitchell

ts, sax, 1926-2001 US
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Willie Melvin Mitchell

Billy Mitchell (born in Kansas City, Missouri, November 3, 1926, died Rockville Centre, NY, April 18, 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, and occasional actor. He was a driving force and major influence in the post WWII Detroit modern jazz explosion. He influenced and employed many local musicians who later went on to fame, including Thad Jones and Elvin Jones. He is best known for his work with The Count Basie Orchestra and The Dizzy Gillespie big band of the 50's and 60's..... Mitchell and trombonist Al Grey left Basie in late 1961 and formed the Al Grey/Billy Mitchell Sextet, which won the Downbeat Award for best new jazz band of 1962! This band also officially introduced vibraphone future star Bobby Hutcherson. Besides leaving and re-joining Basie's band several times in the 60's, Billy was an important figure on Long Island (his home) and Manhattan in the educational area of jazz; he was mentor and friend to Alto Saxophonist, Charles McPherson, and LA trombonist/composer-arranger Richard Pulin.

  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Alto sax
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
It Could Only Be You on Never Give Up On Love by Billy Mitchell
Little Sunflower on The Traveler by Billy Mitchell
Never Give Up On Love on Never Give Up On Love by Billy Mitchell
My Montego Bay-Be on Life by Billy Mitchell
Jambo Rafiki on The Traveler by Billy Mitchell
Southern Shadows on Never Give Up On Love by Billy Mitchell
Freedom Jazz Dance on The Traveler by Billy Mitchell
Little Sunflower on Life by Billy Mitchell
Love Dance on The Traveler by Billy Mitchell
The World Is a Ghetto on The Traveler by Billy Mitchell

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
SteepleChase Jam Session Volume 7Louis Smith, Mark Turner, Billy Mitchell, Jay Anderson, Billy Drummond2003Album
AnniversaryDolo Coker, Bob Mover, Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Raney, Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell1985Album
Xanadu In AfricaAl Cohn / Billy Mitchell / Dolo Coker / Leroy Vinnegar / Frank Butler1981Album
De Lawd's BluesBilly Mitchell1980Album
The Colossus Of DetroitBilly Mitchell1978Album
Now's The TimeBilly Mitchell1976Album
Night SongAl Grey With Billy Mitchell1963Album
Just Waiting / Sophisticated LadyBilly Mitchell1963Single
Al Grey - Snap Your FingersAl Grey, Billy Mitchell1962Single
This Is Billy MitchellBilly Mitchell1962Album
Snap Your FingersAl Grey Featuring Billy Mitchell1962Album
Nothing But The Truth / Dirty Low Down BluesAl Grey - Billy Mitchell1962Single
Call To Me (I'll Be There) / WhereBilly Mitchell1960Single
Motor City SceneThad Jones, Billy Mitchell, Al Grey, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Elvin Jones1959Album
Bottomless PitBilly Mitchell1958Single
Dizzy AtmosphereAl Grey, Billy Mitchell, Lee Morgan, Charlie Persip, Paul West, Billy Root, Wynton Kelly1957Album
Pickin' On The Wrong Chicken / Satellite Beep BopBilly Mitchell And The Basie-itesSingle
Short SkirtsBilly MitchellSingle
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