The Basie Orchestra always had great tenor sax soloists. Billy Mitchell continued that tradition with his two tours of duty with Basie. Born in Kansas City in 1926, he found his first professional work in Detroit with Nat Towles, later playing with Lucky Millinder’s band and moving to New York in the late 40’s. His big band work continued with Milt Buckner, Gil Fuller and Woody Herman. Billy worked with Basie from 1957-61 and he returned in 1966. In the interim he co-led a quintet with fellow Baseite Al Grey and worked in Europe with the Clarke-Boland Big Band. His work is well represented on Basie recordings and with small groups, including the Xanadu All Stars.
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