Trombonist Benny Powell was born in New Orleans on March 1, 1930. He was playing professionally in his teens and joined the Lionel Hampton Band in 1948. In 1951 he joined the Count Basie Orchestra and quickly began sharing the trombone solo chores with section mate Henry Coker. Benny stayed with the Basie band for twelve years, winning the Down Beat Critics Poll in 1956 and recording frequently with small groups during this period. In the 60s he led his own combos, played with the Merv Griffin Show band, helped administer the Jazzmobile and continued big band work with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. He spent much of the 70s in Los Angeles, where he performed with Bill Berry and Bill Holman. Benny currently lives in New York and tours with a jazz ensemble led by Randy Weston.
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