Stompin’ At The Savoy

Osie Johnson

Art Ford’s Jazz Party, 1958

Osie Johnson (1923-66) was a very busy drummer during his short life, performing on many studio sessions and often with swing era all-stars.

After host Art Ford talks a little about Johnson, a ten-piece group filled with historic jazz legends jams on “Stompin’ At The Savoy.”

Tenor-saxophonist Georgie Auld, trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Urbie Green, vibraphonist Harry Sheppard, clarinetist Buster Bailey, violinist Stuff Smith, pianist Johnny Guarnieri and trumpeter Roy Eldridge take a chorus apiece, leading to Osie Johnson’s extended solo and the closing riff melody.

Plenty of fireworks are to be heard throughout this joyful jam session.

Personnel:

Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Buck Clayton, trumpet
Urbie Green, trombone
Buster Bailey, clarinet
Georgie Auld, tenor
Stuff Smith, violin
Harry Sheppard, vibes
Johnny Guarnieri, piano
Vinnie Burke, bass
Osie Johnson, drums

– Scott Yanow