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Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Jimmy Shirley was an American Jazz Guitarist. He was born in 1913 and died in 1989. He played with many famed jazz musicians, including James P. Johnson and Coleman Hawkins. A talented swing guitarist who was one of the earlier electric guitarists, Jimmy Shirley never achieved much fame (except among fellow musicians) despite his long career and obvious talents. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he was taught guitar by his father. Shirley worked in Cincinnati with J. Frank Terry and Hal Draper (1934-36) and had his own group before moving to New York. Shirley was a part of the Clarence Profit Trio (1937-41), with whom he made his recording debut. After a period with Ella Fitzgerald (1942-43), Shirley played on and off with Herman Chittison (1944-54) and led his own bands in addition to working with Phil Moore and lesser-known names. He started doubling on electric bass in the early 1960's including with Buddy Tate (1967). Shirley, who recorded with Sidney DeParis (1944), Johnny Guarnieri (1975) and Stephane Grappelli (1978) among others, recorded a single number ("Jimmy's Blues") as a leader for Blue Note (1945) and headed just one album, a quartet set for Black & Blue in 1975. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

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