Jimmy Forrest

James Robert " Jimmy" Forrest, Jr. ( born January 24, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, † 26 August 1980 in Grand Rapids, Michigan ) was an American jazz musician (tenor saxophone ).

Forrest became famous for his composition Night Train and was long considered typical rhythm and blues tenor saxophonist. He combined elements of style of Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Chu Berry with the melodic elegance Lester Young.

Jimmy Forrest played in the 1930s with Dewey Jackson, Fate Marable, and the Jeter - Pillars band. He came in 1940 with Jay McShann to New York and played with Andy Kirk ( 1941-47 ). After the founding of his own ensemble in St. Louis, he worked 1949-50 as a successor of Ben Webster with Duke Ellington and again had their own groups. In 1951 he took in Chicago for United / Delmark first time under his own name and played from 1958 to 1960 with Harry Sweets Edison. Forrest composed the piece " Night Train " and Ellington's " Happy-Go- Lucky Local". Throughout his career, he made recordings with Miles Davis, with groups from the circle around Edison and Buck Clayton, with Bennie Green and the Prestige Blues Swingers. He was a 1973 to 1977 as a soloist with the Count Basie band. From 1977 until shortly before his death, Forrest became a regular with his former Basie colleagues, trombonist Al Grey on.

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  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 8th Edition, London, Penguin, 2006 ISBN 0-141-02327-9
  • Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia, Reinbek, Rowohlt, 1988


  • Biography for Jimmy Forrest at allmusic
  • Jazz saxophonist
  • Composer (Jazz)
  • American musician
  • Born in 1920
  • Died in 1980
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