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James Milton Cleveland (May 3, 1926 – August 23, 2008) was an American jazz trombonist born in Wartrace, Tennessee.[1]

Jimmy Cleveland
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Background information
Birth nameJames Milton Cleveland
Born(1926-05-03)May 3, 1926
Wartrace, Tennessee, United States
DiedAugust 23, 2008(2008-08-23) (aged 82)
Lynwood, California
Years active1951–2008
LabelsEmArcy, Verve
Associated actsMiles Davis

Cleveland worked with many other jazz musicians, including Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Quincy Jones, Lucky Thompson, Gigi Gryce, Oscar Peterson, Oscar Pettiford and James Brown. He also recorded a sequence of albums for EmArcy/Mercury Records in the 1950s. He continued to make records with Zion Records later in his career.

Cleveland died August 23, 2008 in Lynwood, California at age 82.[1]


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

with Julian Cannonball Adderley

With Gene Ammons

With Dorothy Ashby

With Art Blakey

With Brass Fever

with James Brown

With Ruth Brown

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

with Clifford Coulter

With Hank Crawford

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

with Miles Davis:

With Teddy Edwards

with Gil Evans

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Johnny Griffin

with Gigi Gryce:

With Chico Hamilton

With Milt Jackson

with Antonio Carlos Jobim:

  • The Composer of "Desafinado", Plays (Verve, 1962)
  • Wave (CTI, 1967)

With J. J. Johnson

With Quincy Jones

With Sam Jones

with Gene Krupa

  • Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements (Verve, 1958)

with Melba Liston

With Mundell Lowe

With Junior Mance

With Gary McFarland

With Carmen McRae

With Charles Mingus

With Blue Mitchell

With the Modern Jazz Quartet

With Thelonious Monk

With Wes Montgomery

With James Moody

With Oliver Nelson

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Joe Newman

With Duke Pearson

With Tony Perkins

with Oscar Peterson

with Oscar Pettiford

With Specs Powell

With Jerome Richardson

With Sonny Rollins

with Jimmy Rushing

with Lalo Schifrin

With Shirley Scott

with Jimmy Smith:

With Sonny Stitt

With Idrees Sulieman

with Billy Taylor

with Clark Terry:

with Lucky Thompson:

  • Lucky Thompson Featuring Oscar Pettiford, Vol. 2 (ABC-Paramount, 1956; reissued on Tricotism, Impulse)

with Stanley Turrentine:

with Sarah Vaughan:

with Dinah Washington:

With Randy Weston

With Gerald Wilson

With Kai Winding

With Phil Woods


  1. ^ a b Jazztimes Archived 2008-09-11 at the Wayback Machine