Jimmy Rowles

Jimmy Rowles ( born August 19, 1918 in Spokane, Washington; † 28 May 1996 Los Angeles, California ) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

Life and work

Born as James George Hunter Rowles was later given the name of his stepfather. Rowles studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1940 he went to Los Angeles, where he worked with Slim Gaillard, Lester Young, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman. After his military service he returned to Herman's band ( First stove ) and Goodman and stepped next to it with Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he worked primarily as a studio musician and was known primarily as a companion of Billie Holiday (like their album Music for Torching ) and Peggy Lee. In 1973 he moved to New York City, where he recorded duets with Stan Getz et al. Following his work with Ella Fitzgerald ( tours 1981-1983 ) he returned to California to occur mainly in nightclubs.

Originally known as companion with inexhaustible repertoire, musicians such as Henry Mancini and Tony Bennett appreciated him because of his voluminous sonority. His song The Peacocks, who was immortalized in the film Round Midnight, became a jazz standard. Wayne Shorter, whose ballad style many ideas Rowles ' recorded, interpreted his " 502 Blues ( Drinkin 'and Drivin ') " on his Blue Note album Adam 's Apple ( 1966). Stacy Rowles, his daughter was known as Flügelhornistin.


  • Rare, But Well Done with style Mardigan, Red Mitchell, 1954
  • Let's Get Acquainted with Jazz ( For People Who Hate Jazz ) with Barney Kessel, Harold Land, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Pete Candoli, Larry Bunker, 1958
  • Weather in a Jazz Vane with Barney Kessel, Harold Land, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Pete Candoli, Larry Bunker, 1958
  • Upper classmen with Larry Bunker, Pete Candoli, Barney Kessel, Harold Land, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, 1959
  • Fiorello Uptown, Mary Sunshine Downtown, solo album, 1960
  • Kinda Groovy, solo album, 1963
  • Our Delight with Max Bennett, Chuck Berghofer, Larry Bunker, Nick Martini, 1968
  • Some Other Spring with Donald Bailey, Monty Budwig, 1972
  • The Special Magic of Jimmy Rowles with Rusty Gilder, 1974
  • Jazz Is a Fleeting moment solo album, 1974
  • Grand Paws with Billy Hart, Buster Williams, 1976
  • Music's the Only Thing That 's on My Mind with George Mraz, 1976
  • Heavy Love, solo album, 1977
  • We Could Make Beautiful Music Together search with George Mraz, Leroy Williams, 1978
  • Isfahan, solo album, 1978
  • Shade and Right with George Duvivier, Oliver Jackson, 1978
  • Jimmy Rowles Trio on Tour [live ] with George Duvivier, Walter Perkins, 1978
  • Tasty! with Ray Brown, 1979
  • Paws That Refresh with Billy Hart, Buster Williams, 1980
  • Plays Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, solo album, 1981
  • The Peacocks with Stan Getz, Michael Moore, Michael Hashim, Joey Baron, 1983
  • I'm Glad There Is You: Jimmy Rowles, Vol 2 with Colin Bailey, Red Mitchell, Stacy Rowles, 1985
  • With the Red Mitchell Trio with Colin Bailey, Red Mitchell, Stacy Rowles, 1985
  • Sometimes I'm Happy, Sometimes I'm Blue with Donald Bailey, Ray Brown, Sweets Edison, Stacy Rowles, 1988
  • Trio with Red Mitchell, Donald Bailey, 1988
  • Plus 2, Plus 3, Plus 4 with Bill Berry, Larry Koonse, Ralph Penland, Eric Van Essen, 1988
  • Lilac Time with Eric Von Essen, 1994