Jimmy Woode

A prolific session player and occasional bandleader, Jimmy Woode has worked with numerous bands since the late '40s. He's played in combos and orchestras, led trios and backed everyone from Duke Ellington to Eric Dolphy, always providing intelligent, first-rate accompaniment. Woode played baritone horn and studied piano and bass as a child. He formed a trio after leaving the service in 1946. Woode toured with Flip Phillips in 1949, then recorded with Zoot Sims and Toots Thielemans. He later worked with Sarah VaughanElla Fitzgerald and Nat Pierce in the early '50s. Woode served as house bassist at Storyville in Boston two years, recording with Sidney Bechet and Billie Holiday.

He worked with Duke Ellington in the mid-'50s, also recorded as a leader in 1957 and played with Johnny Hodges and Clark Terry. After moving to Sweden in 1960, Woode joined the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big...

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