Jimmy Archey (12 October 1902 – 16 November 1967) was an American jazz trombonist born in Norfolk, Virginia, perhaps most noteworthy for his work in several prominent jazz orchestras and big bands of his time (including his own). He performed and recorded with the James P. Johnson orchestra, King Oliver, Fats Waller and the Luis Russell orchestra, among others. In the late 1930s, Archey participated in big bands that simultaneously featured musicians such as Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Claude Hopkins. In the 1940s and 50s Jimmy spent much of his time working with New Orleans revivalist bands with artists such as Bob Wilber and Earl Hines.
Archey's band was a tight, well-rehearsed unit that offered something different from the usual fare heard at Eddie Condon's, Central Plaza, and Stuyvesant Casino Not only did they use loosely assembled head arrangements as a means of assuring consistency and textural variety, but they also presented original compositions and classic era tunes rarely heard at public jam sessions. But what is most important about the Archey group is its joie de vivre. One cannot help feeling good when listening to these eminently skilled |azzmen having so much fun doing what they love,