Osie Johnson

James "Osie" Johnson (January 11, 1923 in Washington, D.C. – February 10, 1966 in New York City) was a jazz drummer, arranger and singer.

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.[1]

He can be heard on albums by Paul Gonsalves, Zoot Sims, and Mose Allison. He recorded the album A Bit of the Blues as a singer and had arranged at a "hit" for singer Dinah Washington. His final recordings as a singer were on a J. J. Johnson album, now compiled as a collection called Goodies.

Osie died of kidney failure in 1966, at the age of 43.

Television Appearances

In 1957, Johson appeared with Thelonious Monk and Ahmed Abdul-Malik on The Sound of Jazz.[2]


As leader

As sideman

With Manny Albam

With Mose Allison

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Kenny Burrell

With Jimmy Cleveland

With Arnett Cobb

With Al Cohn

With Freddy Cole

With Art Farmer

With Curtis Fuller

With Bennie Green

With Freddie Green

With Tiny Grimes

With Gigi Gryce

With Lionel Hampton

With Johnny Hartman

With Coleman Hawkins

With Johnny Hodges

With Langston Hughes

With Illinois Jacquet

With J. J. Johnson

With Hank Jones

With Quincy Jones

With Mundell Lowe

With Junior Mance

With Gary McFarland

With Howard McGhee

With Carmen McRae

With Helen Merrill

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Joe Newman

With Oscar Pettiford

With Bud Powell

With Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall and Zoot Sims

With A. K. Salim

With Shirley Scott

With Zoot Sims

With Sonny Stitt

With Sylvia Syms

With Billy Taylor

With Ben Webster

With Frank Wess

With Kai Winding

With Phil Woods


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