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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: February 18, 1945

Short Biography

Jimmy Jewell started out in 1962 playing tenor sax with various R&B and jazz bands in the north of England. In 1963 he decided to turn professional and joined the group Kris Ryan and the Questions, originally a rock band, which due to his influence, switched to playing R&B and Soul/Jazz, a la Ray Charles & James Brown. The band got a record deal with Mercury and 2 singles and an EP were released. The manager of the band wanted it to move in a more commercial direction and a solo single by Ryan was released. Jimmy left the band in 1965.

He moved down to London in 1966 and played briefly with a soul band, Mack’s Sound. Whilst on tour in Germany with the Paramounts, backing Chris Andrews, he accepted an offer to join a Berlin band, the Magics. He toured with them in Germany until Spring 1967, then returned to London. He did a few gigs with Screaming Lord Sutch, then joined another soul band, the Stewart James Inspiration. He toured with them in England and Germany until they disbanded in 1968....
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What the critics said about “I'm amazed” - an amazingly good album - Melody Maker.

Jewell deserves his showcase and deserves sales as well - Music Week.

Me and Jimmy Jewell are feeling mellow together - New Musical Express.

A real hot one - Manchester Evening News.

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“From the first time I met you” - Sounds like an album with staying power cured my Monday morning depression better than any aspirin. Those that have ears, please listen - Sounds.

There is throughout this album a feeling of directness and a quality of unpretentious melodic playing which is totally captivating - Jazz Journal.

Jewell's music is cool, flowing, sometimes intricate but always relaxing - Music Week.

An album with real personality a pleasure to listen to - The Hot Press

Jewell is a powerful saxophonist - Manchester Evening News.

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