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Benny Powell

Benny Powell

(1930 – 2010)

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Benny Powell

Benny Powell
(1930 – 2010)

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Benny Powell

(1930 – 2010)
About Benny
This is an online memorial dedicated to Benny Powell. Benny Powell was an American jazz trombonist. He played both standard (tenor) trombone and bass trombone.
Benny Powell first played professionally at age 14, and at 18 began playing with Lionel Hampton. In 1951 he left Hampton's band and began playing with Count Basie, in whose orchestra he would remain until 1963. Benny Powell takes the trombone solo in the bridge of "April in Paris".
After leaving Basie, he freelanced in New York City, playing on the Merv Griffin Show among other places. He then moved to California and did extensive work as a session musician, working with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Carter, and Randy Weston.
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About Benny
Later in his career he worked as an educator, including as part of the Jazzmobile project.
Benny Powell passed away on 26 June 2010. This is a tribute dedicated to his life and his career in music. Rest in peace.
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Benny Powell

This is an online memorial dedicated to Benny Powell. Benny Powell was an American jazz trombonist. He played both standard (tenor) trombone and bass trombone.
Benny Powell first played professionally at age 14, and at 18 began playing with Lionel Hampton. In 1951 he left Hampton's band and began playing with Count Basie, in whose orchestra he would remain until 1963. Benny Powell takes the trombone solo in the bridge of "April in Paris".
After leaving Basie, he freelanced in New York City, playing on the Merv Griffin Show among other places. He then moved to California and did extensive work as a session musician, working with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Carter, and Randy Weston....

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