Storyville Records

Jefferson, Thomas

Thomas Jefferson (born June 20, 1920, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American Dixieland jazz trumpeter, strongly influenced by Louis Armstrong. Jefferson played drums and French horn while young before switching to trumpet. He played with Papa Celestin's orchestra in 1936, as well as with New Orleans jazz musicians such as Sidney Desvigne and Jump Jackson. In the 1950s, he worked with Johnny St. Cyr, Santo Pecora, and George Lewis. He recorded sparingly as a leader; sessions include an album for Southland Records in 1960 and one for Storyville Records in 1974. Jazz critic Scott Yanow called Jefferson "one of the finest trumpeters in New Orleans during the 1950s and 60s."

Recordings

Thomas Jefferson: Featuring Sammy Rimington

The session on this CD was recorded live in Denmark in 1974, with Jefferson backed by top Danish traditional jazz musicians, plus the great English alto saxophonist and clarinettist Sammy Rimington. The repertoire consists of classic New Orleans traditional jazz standards, and the musical style is also mainstream New Orleans. Thomas Jefferson, born in 1921, spent most of his life in New Orleans, especially playing clubs on Bourbon Street, and Louis Armstrong heavily influences his trumpet style. As this live CD reveals. Jefferson was a master of picking the right songs at the right tempo, and was as expert crowd-pleaser.