POWELL, JESSE (1924–1982). Jesse Powell, tenor saxophonist, was born in Smithville, Bastrop County, Texas, on February 27, 1924. Powell was trained formally in music before he began his professional career at age eighteen, when he toured with fellow Texan Oran "Hot Lips" Pageqv during 1942–43. He played with Louis Armstrong in 1943–44, with the Luis Russell Orchestra in 1944–45, and replaced fellow Texas tenorist Illinois Jacquet in the Count Basie band for a tour of California in September 1946. At this time Powell also worked with blues singers Champion Jack Dupree and Brownie McGhee. In 1947 he was with the Curly Russell band, and then in 1948 he formed his own band in New York City. Also in 1948 Powell performed with trumpeter Howard McGhee at the first international jazz festival in Paris. In 1949–50, Powell was a member of the Dizzy Gillespie big band, with which he recorded a solo on "Tally Ho." In 1953 he formed his own jump-rhythm band, and in 1964 a Powell quintet played at Birdland in New York City, where the tenorist died on October 19, 1982. Powell was survived by his wife, Maxine, and two children.
Barry Kernfeld, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2d ed., (New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 2002). Dave Oliphant, Texan Jazz (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Dave Oliphant, "Powell, Jesse," accessed December 09, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpo71.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on June 18, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.