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Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Mitchell was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Known for his close association with fellow Detroit based player Thad Jones and work with a variety of big bands including Woody Herman's when he replaced Gene Ammons. In 1949 Mitchell recorded with the Milt Buckner band, and from 1956 to 1957 he played with Dizzy Gillespie in his big band.

From 1957 until 1961 and from 1966 to 1967 Mitchell played with Count Basie, having replaced Lockjaw Davis. In the early 1960s he co-led a group with Al Grey, and also served as musical director to Stevie Wonder for a short time during this period. Mitchell was an exponent of hard-driving post-bop. He died in Rockville Centre, NY,

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Albums

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This Is Billy Mitchell
Victor
2003
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In Focus
Victor
1988
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De Lawd's Blues
Victor
1980
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The Colossus Of...
Victor
1979
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Now's The Time
Victor
1976
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Just Waiting /...
Victor
1963
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