Jimmy Knepper

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Birthday
22, 1927
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Death Date
Jun 14, 2003 (75)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1927
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Death Date
Jun 14, 2003 (75)

About

Versatile jazz trombonist who performed with Charles Mingus and other jazz greats.

Before Fame

He began performing in his mid teens, spending time with Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, and Claude Thornhill before joining Mingus at age 30.

Trivia

He performed with many bands over a career spanning decades, but his contribution to Mingus' The Clown and Tijuana Moods albums established his reputation for originality.

Family Life

His wife Maxine was also a jazz musician, playing the trumpet.

Associated With

Though creatively fulfilling, his stormy five-year collaboration with Charles Mingus ended after a disagreement over royalties erupted into Mingus's slapping him and breaking his tooth.