Ollie Mitchell

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Born: April 8, 1927    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Ollie Mitchell

Oliver E. Mitchell was born April 8, 1927. His father, Harold (Pappy) Mitchell played first trumpet in the Jazz Singer, (the first sound movie) all the old Republic westerns, the original King Kong, Gone with the Wind, and all of the MGM musicals until he retired in 1948. Harold started his son Ollie on the trumpet at age five to prove some of his trumpistic theories. Ollie survived, and because of the strict training his dad put him through, he had all the skills needed to be one of the top recording trumpet players in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.

He turned professional while still in high school, playing in the Teenagers Band on the Hoagy Carmichael radio show and in other bands around Southern California. He joined the Navy at 18, and found his way into the band aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S Lexington. After his discharge he staked out his ground as first trumpet player with a number of name bands including Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Horace Heidt, Charlie Barnet, Alvino Rey, Perez Prado, Harry James, Les Brown, Shorty Rogers, David Rose, Gerald Wilson, Sonny Burke, Gerry Gray and the Glenn Miller Band with Tex Beneke. In 1960 Ollie left the Harry James Band to play lead trumpet with David Rose for the Fred Astaire Special at NBC and a full-time studio schedule became a reality....
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As Sideman

Sonny Burke And His Orchestra
Sony Burke
Hindsight Records

Shelly Manne And His Men” Vol. 2
Shelly Manne
Contemporary Records

Chances Are It Swings
Shorty Rogers
RCA Victor

Swing Fever
Si Zentner
Belcanto Records

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald with Frank DeVol

Little Bird Suite
Dick Grove
Pacific Jazz Records

Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi
Billy May
Capitol Records

The New James
Harry James
Capitol Records

Harry’s Choice
Harry James
Capitol Records

Charlie Barnet Presents Harry James
Charlie Barney
Crown Records

Perez Prado

Swinging Brass
The Oscar Peterson Trio

Salute to Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Crown Records

Pictures At An Exhibition
Allyn Ferguson
Discovery Records

Gene Estes
Recorded Live At MGM Studio

Los Angeles Neophonic
Stan Kenton

Hit Maker
Ernie Freeman
Dunhill (ABC) Records

The New One
Buddy Rich

Paul McCartney
Columbia A&M Records

The Concert For Bangladesh
George Harrison

Class Of ‘71
Jack Daughtery

Paris Blues
Duke Ellington

Blast Off
The Sunday Band

In Orbit
The Sunday Band

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Ollie Mitchell, lead trumpet with the Buddy Rich band (1967).
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie; arranged by Bill Holman.

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