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Benny Powell

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 10 July 2010

Benny Powell grew up in New Orleans to the sound of marching bands and jazz in the air. He joined Lionel Hampton in the 1940s and went on to be a key member of the 1950s Count Basie Orchestra, staying for several years. He joins Alyn Shipton to pick highlights from his records with both leaders, plus examples of his work with Duke Ellington and also his long-running association with pianist Randy Weston, which fuses jazz and African music.

Music Played

10 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johnny Hodges

    Johnny Hodges C Jam Blues

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Roy Eldridge, t; Benny Powell, tb; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Carney, bar; Nat Pierce / Jimmy Jones, p; Billy Butler, g; Joe Benjamin, b; Oliver Jackson, d. Jan 1967.

    Triple Play, Bluebird, ND 90208

  • Image for Lionel Hampton

    Lionel Hampton Oh Rock

    Composer: Hampton Performers: Lionel Hampton, ldr, vib, voc; Benny Bailey, Quincy Jones, Leo Shepherd, Walter Williams,t; Benny Powell, Al Grey, Paul Lee, Jimmy Cleveland, tb; Bobby Plater, Jerome Richardson, Gil Bernal, Johnny Board, Curtis Lowe, Ben Kynard, reeds; Milt Buckner, p; Billy Mackel, g; Roy Johnson, b; Ellis Bartee, d. 17 Oct 1951.

    1951 1953, Classics, 1429

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie A Square at the Round Table

    Composer: Jones Performers: Count Basie, p, dir; Snooky Young, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Wendell Culley, tp; Billy Mitchell, Charlie Fowlkes, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Marshall Royal, reeds; Al Grey , Benny Powell , Henry Coker, tb; Freddie Green, g; Eddie Jones, b; Sonny Payne, d. New York City, 18 – 20 Dec 1958.

    One More Time, As Is, 2869 335

  • Image for Count Basie

    Count Basie L'il Darlin

    Composer: Hefti Performers: Count Basie, p, dir; Wendell Culley, Snooky Young, Thad Jones, Joe Newman, tp; Henry Coker, Al Grey, Benny Powell, tb; Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Frank Foster, Charles Fowlkes, reeds; Eddie Jones, b; Freddie Green, g; Sonny Payne, d.

    Atomic Mr Basie, Roulette, CDP 7932732

  • Image for Count Basie and Billy Eckstine

    Count Basie and Billy Eckstine Count Basie and Billy Eckstine - Stormy Monday Blues

    Composer: Crowder / Hines / Eckstine Performers: Billy Eckstine, vocals, with the Count Basie Orchestra.

    Basie and Eckstine, Inc., Roulette, 1056, Tr 1

  • Image for Duke Ellington & Count Basie

    Duke Ellington & Count Basie Duke Ellington & Count Basie - Battle Royal

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Count Basie Orchestra & Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1961.

    First Time! The Count Meets The Duke, CBS / Columbia, 4505092, Tr 1

  • Image for Duke Ellington & Count Basie

    Duke Ellington & Count Basie Duke Ellington & Count Basie - Take the A Train

    Composer: Strayhorn Performers: Count Basie Orchestra & Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1961.

    First Time! The Count Meets The Duke, CBS / Columbia, 4505092, Tr 3

  • Image for Duke Ellington

    Duke Ellington Blem

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Wilile Cook, Cootie Williams, tp; Benny Green, Benny Powell, tb; Tyree Glenn, tb; Russell Procope, cl; Harold Minverve, fl; Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Paul Kondiela, b; Rufus Jones, d. New York, 28 Apr 1969.

    Up In Duke’s Workshop, Pablo, OJCCD 633-2

  • Image for Randy Weston

    Randy Weston Lalla Mira (Part 2)

    Composer: Weston Performers: Randy Weston, p; MBarek Ben Othman, voc; d; Abdenebi Oubella, Ahmed Saasaa, Mostafa Oubella, voc; Talib Qadir Kibwe, fl, as; Benny Powell, tb. 2003.

    Spirit! The Power of Music, SunnySide, 3015

  • Image for Randy Weston

    Randy Weston Blue Moses

    Composer: Weston Performers: Randy Weston, p; T.K. Blue, ss; Benny Powell, tb; Alex Blake, b; Neil Clarke, perc. 2002.

    Live In St. Lucia, Image Entertainment, 3007

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