Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson, a New Orleans trombonist was reliable and consistent. He was more consistent than many of the musicians with whom he played. Robinson, a jazz pioneer, started playing guitar when he was a kid and began playing trombone at the age of 24 while he was stationed in France during World War I. In 1919, he began working in New Orleans with Kid Rena, The Golden Leaf Band and the Tuxedo Band. Robinson joined the Morgan band in 1923. The Morgan band, led by Sam Morgan, recorded a session in 1927. Robinson was a New Orleans fixture for decades. He played with many local bands while also working as a longshoreman in the 1930s. Robinson was part Kid Rena’s 1940 recording session. He also joined Bunk Johnson and George Lewis’ band in 1942. In 1946, he returned to New Orleans and joined Lewis’ popular band, which toured the globe and recorded extensively. In the 1970s, he was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s top performer and remained active until his death at the age of 83. Jim Robinson was a recording leader for AM (1944), Riverside (1961), Atlantic, Pearl (1961), Jazz Crusade (1972), Smoky Mary (1976) and Atlantic (1961). Allmusic

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