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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
Verve

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


Prez
Perez Prado


Swinging Brass
The Oscar Peterson Trio


Salute to Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Crown Records

Pictures At An Exhibition
Allyn Ferguson
Discovery Records

Westful
Gene Estes
Recorded Live At MGM Studio


Los Angeles Neophonic
Stan Kenton


Hit Maker
Ernie Freeman
Dunhill (ABC) Records


The New One
Buddy Rich


Wings
Paul McCartney
Columbia A&M Records


The Concert For Bangladesh
George Harrison
Apple

Class Of ‘71
Jack Daughtery
A&M


Paris Blues
Duke Ellington
Paramount

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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