The Jazztet (& More): A History and Annotated Discography

Compiled by Michael Fitzgerald
First published June 1996

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The Players:

Art Farmer

Born August 21, 1928 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Grew up in Los Angeles, California. Worked with Lionel Hampton (1952-1953), Gigi Gryce (1954-1956), Oscar Pettiford (1956-1957), Horace Silver (1957) and Gerry Mulligan (1958). Also made numerous recordings for Blue Note, Prestige, abc-Paramount and RCA.

Benny Golson - more detailed bio here

Born January 25, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Early associates included Ray Bryant, John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Philly Joe Jones. Studied music at Howard University, then worked with Bull Moose Jackson, Tadd Dameron (1953), Lionel Hampton (1953), Earl Bostic (1954-1956), Dizzy Gillespie (1956-1957), and Art Blakey (1958).

Curtis Fuller

Born December 15, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.
Took up baritone horn beginning in senior year of high school, then trombone. Played in Army band with Cannonball Adderley and Junior Mance from 1953-1955. Worked with guitarist Kenny Burrell and Yusef Lateef in Detroit before moving to New York in 1957.

While this is the most comprehensive and accurate discography on The Jazztet ever produced, there still may be omissions and errors. Please help if you can.

Thanks to contributors:

Dan Gould, Uncle Larry, Ronald Lyles, Kouh Satoh, Dan Skea, Michael Weiss, Scott Wenzel & Mosaic Records, Dennis Whitling

Special thanks to all the staff at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies where I had access to virtually every issue listed in the discography as well as the various relevant published sources.


General discographies: All-Music Guide, Bruyninckx, Jepsen, Lord, Raben
Michel Ruppli: The Chess Labels
Michel Ruppli & Ed Novitsky: The Mercury Labels

This discography was produced using BRIAN, a computer discography database program created by Steve Albin. BRIAN is a significant step in the field of jazz research and holds much potential. I encourage discographers to investigate this program. Steve has been incredibly helpful in terms of technical support and in custom-tailoring this program.

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