Johnny Bothwell (born May 23, 1919 in Gary, Indiana – died September 12, 1995 in Lakeland, Florida) was an American jazz alto saxophonistand bandleader.
Bothwell played in Chicago in 1940 and then moved to New York City, playing with Woody Herman (1943) and Sonny Dunham (1944–46). He was a key member and featured soloist of Boyd Raeburn's groups in 1944–45, and played with Gene Krupa in 1945. He formed his own groups between 1945 and 1949, and held a residency at the Tin Pan Alley Club in Chicago as well as in New York and Boston.
He played banjo up until the early 1930's and his rhythmic and percussive style was an asset to the early band. However after switching to guitar, Guy tended to be inaudible and (since he never soloed) an increasingly minor force in the music. When he departed fromEllington in 1949, there was no need to replace him. Fred Guy (who never led his own record date) was never again a fulltime musician, working as a manager of a ballroom in Chicago. He was long forgotten (except by jazz historians) by the time he passed away in 1971.
reed section around the mid Dick Wilson (third from left), and
Johnny Harrington (far right).
Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy
PHOTO: The Walter Hanlon Archive
- My Mother´s Eyes