Johnny Coles

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s

Biography

3 July 1926, Trenton, New Jersey, USA, d. 21 December 1997, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A self-taught trumpet and flügelhorn player, Coles attended the Mastbaum Vocational School of Music in Philadelphia and played with US Army bands during World War II. Coles joined John Coltrane and Red Garland in Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson’s band in 1948, and then went on to work with Philly Joe Jones, Earl Bostic, Bullmoose Jackson, and James Moody in the 50s. He performed and recorded with the Gil Evans Orchestra between 1958 and 1964, and was featured as the soloist on four of the six tracks on 1960’s classic Out Of The Cool album, earning favourable comparisons with Miles Davis for his ability to exploit musical space. He then toured with the Charles Mingus Workshop, recorded with Duke Pearson and Astrud Gilberto, and joined Herbie Hancock in 1968. Coles then graced the big bands of Ray Charles (1969-84), Duke Ellington (1971-74), and Count...

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