Bebop’s first trombone
Master of his instrument
Winding down with Kai
*J.J. Johnson was the first to bring the trombone
into the bebop world. He played it so well and with
such ease, on his recordings, people thought it was a
valve trombone. He is to the trombone, what
Dizzy is to the trumpet and Charlie Parker is
to the saxophone. During the mid 50’s, he and
fellow trombonist, Kai Winding formed a Quintet
and toured all over the country and in Great Britain.
They reunited in the early 80’s for Jazz festivals in
Japan before Kai left us in 1983.
To see one of those performances click below