Osie Johnson

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James "Osie" Johnson (born January 11, 1923 in Washington, DC , † February 10, 1966 in New York City ) was an American jazz drummer.

Johnson studied harmony and music theory at Armstrong High School in Washington. He played in 1941 with the Harlem Dictators and was a member of the band of Sabby Lewis in Boston from 1942-43 and then played in a US Navy band . After 1945 he worked in Chicago for five years , a. a. in the band of R&B saxophonist Eddie Chamblee before joining Earl Hines in 1951 . After appearances with Tony Scott , Dorothy Donegan , Illinois Jacquet and Billy Bauer and at the Newport Jazz Festival 1957 with Gigi Gryce and Donald Byrd, he worked in New York in the 1950s and 1960s as a sought-after studio musician, with musicians such as Coleman Hawkins , Dinah Washington , Wes Montgomery , Paul Gonsalves , Al Cohn , Zoot Sims , Mose Allison, and Sonny Stitt worked. In addition, he occasionally worked as a singer and composer and recorded albums as a band leader. He wrote the arrangements for Fool That I Am and Too Soon to Know for Dinah Washington.


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