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Osie Johnson

dr, 1923-1966 US, Washington, D.C.
Singer / Musician / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. James Johnson

Jazz drummer and vocalist, born January 11, 1923 in Washington, D.C., died February 10, 1966 in New York City. He first worked with Sabby Lewis and then, after service in the United States Navy freelanced for a time in Chicago. From 1951 to 1953 he worked in Earl Hines's band. He can be heard on albums by Paul Gonsalves, Zoot Sims, and Mose Allison.

  • Drums
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
  • Blues
  • Rock
Plays With
Al Caiola And The Nile River Boys
Al Cohn - Zoot Sims Quintet
Al Cohn And His "Charlie's Tavern" Ensemble
Al Cohn And His Orchestra
Al Cohn Quintet
Al Cohn's Natural Seven
Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy
Bennie Green Sextet
Billy Byers And His Orchestra
Bob Brookmeyer And His Orchestra
Bobby Jaspar Quintet
Buck Clayton And His Orchestra
Clark Terry Quartet
Cootie Williams And His Orchestra
Doc Severinsen And His Orchestra
Don Redman All Stars
Eddie Bert Quintet
Gene Quill And His Quintet
Gil Evans And His Orchestra
Hal McKusick Quartet
Hal Schaefer And His Orchestra
Howard McGhee Quintet
Jam Session At The Riverside
Jimmy Cleveland And His All Stars
Jimmy Rushing And His Orchestra
Joe Newman & His Band
Joe Newman Sextet
John Benson Brooks Ensemble
Jonah Jones Band
Larry Sonn Orchestra
Leonard Feather's East Coast Stars
Manny Albam And His Jazz Greats
Oscar Pettiford & His All Stars
Oscar Pettiford Orchestra
Osie Johnson And His Orchestra
Osie Johnson Quintet
Osie Johnson's All-Stars
Paul Horn Quartet
Quincy Jones And His Orchestra
Ralph Burns And His Orchestra
Ray Brown All-Star Big Band
Ray Ellis And His Orchestra
Sal Salvador And His Orchestra
Seldon Powell Sextet
Steve Allen And His All-Stars
Steve Allen Quartet
Steve Allen Trio
Terry Gibbs And His Orchestra
The Billy Byers-Joe Newman Sextet
The Bud Powell Trio
The Eddie Bert Sextet
The Ernie Wilkins Group
The Frank Wess Quintet
The Frank Wess Sextet
The Gigi Gryce - Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory
The Joe Newman Septet
The Kenny Burrell Octet
The Manhattan Jazz Septette
The New York Jazz Quintet
The Prestige Blues-Swingers
The Tony Scott Quartet
The Zoot Sims Al Cohn Septet
The Zoot Sims Quintet
Tony Scott And His Orchestra
Tony Scott Septet
Tony Scott Tentet
Urbie Green And His Big Band
Max Kaminsky
Jimmy Hamilton And His Orchestra
Tommy Shepard
The Trombones, Inc.
The First Jazz Piano Quartet
Hal Mooney And His Orchestra
Music Minus One
Pat Bowie
Dick Hyman And His Orchestra
George Russell & His Smalltet
Clea Bradford
Marian Montgomery
The Sax Section
Teddy Charles And The All Stars
The Billy Taylor Orchestra
Maxine Sullivan And Her Jazz All-Stars
Paul Desmond With Strings
Brass Ensemble Of The Jazz And Classical Music Society
The Bernie Leighton Quintet
The Rhythm Section
George Handy And His Orchestra
Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Sextet
Manny Albam And Ernie Wilkins Orchestra
Creed Taylor Orchestra And Chorus
The Jonah Jones Sextet
Saxes, Inc.
The Bob Hammer Band
Whitey Mitchell Sextette
Baby Laurence
Arthur Godfrey And His Friends
Tommy Shepard And His Orchestra
The Al Cohn - Zoot Sims Quintet
Sir Charles Thompson And His Band
Mundell Lowe's Jazzmen
The Rhythmakers
Pee Wee Erwin's Dixie Strutters
Dave Apell Quintet
Billy Byers e Sua Orquestra
Popular Tracks   
What's New on Clarinescapade by Various Artists
Early Autumn on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster
Body and Soul on Jazz Signatures by Various Artists
There Is No Greater Love on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster
Blue Moon on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster
Chelsea Bridge on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster
Until Tonight on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster
I Remember You on Clarinescapade by Various Artists
My Greatest Mistake on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster
We'll Be Together Again on Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster, Vol. 3 by Ben Webster

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
J.J. SpecialJonah Jones, Vic Dickenson, Sidney Bechet, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson, Urbie Green2007Compil.
Jazz All Stars - Volume OneLionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, J.J. Johnson, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Osie Johnson, Thad Jones, Lucky Thompson1977Compil.
Taste Of DrumsMax Roach, Phil Kraus, Bobby Rosengarden, Osie Johnson, Larry Bunker, Johnny Pacheco, Alvin Stroller, Jake Hanna1964Compil.
Bossa NovaOsie Johnson, Teddy Sommer, Bill Lavorgna, Sam Most, Mat Mathews, Hank Jones, Jimmy Jones, Louis Metcalf, Buster Harding, Al Hall1963Compil.
The Piano Scene Of Dave McKennaDave McKenna With Osie Johnson And John Drew1959Album
The Street SwingersBob Brookmeyer / Jim Hall / Jimmy Raney With Osie Johnson And Bill Crow1958Single
The Australian Jazz Quintet +1The Australian Jazz Quintet With Osie Johnson1957Album
The SheikJonah Jones, Urbie Green, Edmond Hall, George Clarke, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson1957Single
The Rhythm SectionThe Rhythm Section : Milt Hinton / Osie Johnson / Hank Jones / Barry Galbraith1956Album
Osie's OasisOsie Johnson1955Album
Osie Johnson And His Combos In Johnson's WhacksOsie Johnson1955Album
I Got RhythmThe Rhythmakers, Nat Pierce, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson1951Album
Sing Or PlayNat Pierce, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie JohnsonSingle
Sing Or PlayNat Pierce, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie JohnsonSingle
The Rhythm SectionBarry Galbraith - Hank Jones - Milt Hinton - Osie JohnsonSingle
Volume 1 - Rhythm Records " I Got Rhythm" Music Minus One Tenor SaxNat Pierce, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie JohnsonAlbum
Jazz Rhythm RecordsNat Pierce, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Osie JohnsonAlbum
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