|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rnb soul rhythm and blues quiet storm smooth|
27 February 1924, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, d. New York City, New York, USA. Powell studied music at Hampton University, where he became inspired by Count Basies Lester Young and Herschel Evans, and played his tenor saxophone with the bands of Oran Hot Lips Page (1942-43), Louis Armstrong (1943-44), and Luis Russell (1944-45). In 1946 he accepted an offer from Count Basie to replace Illinois Jacquet in the reed section. After briefly leading his own band in 1948 and being featured at that years Paris Jazz Festival, he joined Dizzy Gillespies Orchestra (1949-50), but the R&B era found him with copious session work and, again, his own unit, which recorded for Federal (the infamous Walkin Blues sung by Fluffy Hunter) and Jubilee.