Stompin’ At The Savoy

Osie Johnson

Art Ford’s Jazz Party, 1958

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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.


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


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