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Jimmy McGriff
Surely, Jimmy (* 1936) inherited his musical skills from his parents, who were both pianists. But he started on bass, drums, saxophone, and vibes. Later, he added the piano, and studied at the Combe College of Music in Philadelphia and at Juilliard School in New York. It was at that time, Jimmy discovered his interest for the organ. He got lessons from Jimmy Smith, Richard Holmes, Milt Buckner, and even from a classical organist. "...the basic idea of what I'm doing on the organ came from the church," says Jimmy. Consequently, his musical roots are to be found in gospel and blues. "...I'm more of a blues organ player," McGriff stresses.
 
After placing his first hit in 1963 ("I've got a woman"), Jimmy developed his career subsequently. In the time to follow, he signed with different record labels and had lots of successful albums. After a period of experimenting with electronic keyboards in the 70's, Jimmy turned back to the Hammond B-3 in the 80's. Then, he began a cooperation with Hank Crawford the result of which has been the release of some popular CDs.
 
Since a couple of years, Jimmy suffers from an incurable illness, and thus is limited in his activities. Nevertheless, he still tours also outside the USA.
 
Jimmy passed away on 24 May 2008.
contact: marmcgriff@aol.com
homepage: www.jimmymcgriff.com
myspace www.myspace.com/jimmymcgriff

 

Discography
I've Got A Woman
Sue LP 1012
released 1962
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Morris Dow, guitar
Jackie Mills, drums
One Of Mine
Sue LP 1013, reissued on Collectables COL-5715
released 1963
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Larry Frazier, guitar
Morris Dow, guitar, harmonica
Willie "Saint" Jenkins, drums
At The Apollo
Sue LP 1017, reissued on Collectables COL-5126
released 1963
recorded 1963 at the Apollo Theatre, New York, NY/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Larry Frazier, guitar
Rudolph Johnson, tenor sax
Willie "Saint" Jenkins, drums
Jimmy McGriff At The Organ
Sue LP 1020, reissued on Collectables COL-5716
released 1964
recorded 1964 in New York, NY/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Larry Frazier, guitar
Rudolph Johnson, tenor sax
Jimmie Smith, drums
Topkapi
Sue LP 1033, reissued on Collectables COL-5717
released 1964
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Blues For Mr. Jimmy
Sue STLP-1039, reissued on Stateside SSL 6005
released 1965
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Live Where The Action's At!
Veep VPS 16515
released 1966
recorded December 1965 At The Front Bar in Newark, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Thornel Schwartz, guitar
Willy Jenkins, drums
A Bag Full Of Soul
Solid State 18002
released 1966

Jimmy McGriff, organ
Thornel Schwartz, guitar
Willy Jenkins, drums
The Big Band [aka Tribute To Count Basie]
United Artists 669151
released 1966
recorded March/April 1966 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
big band c/ by Manny Albam
Thornel Schwartz, guitar
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Barry Galbraith, guitar
Richard Davis, bass
Chet Amsterdam, bass
Mel Lewis, drums
Grady Tate, drums
Cherry
Solid State 18006
released 1966
recorded in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Eric Gale, guitar
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Milt Hinton, bass
Grady tate, drums
A Bag Full Of Blues
Solid State 18017
released 1967
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Jerome Richardson, soprano sax
Barry Galbraith, guitar
Wally Richardson, guitar
Mel Lewis, drums
Richard Davis, bass
Joe Newman, trumpet
I've Got A New Woman
Solid State 18030
released 1968
Jimmy McGriff, organ
further players unknown
Honey
Solid State 18036
released 1968
recorded 1968 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
further details unknown
The Worm
Solid State 18045
released 1968
recorded 1968 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Mel Lewis, drums
Grady Tate, drums
Thornel Schwartz, guitar
"Fats" Theus, tenor sax
Robert Ashton, baritone sax
Danny Turner, alto sax
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Bob Bushnell, fender bass
Step One
Solid State 18053
released 1969
recorded December 1968 in New York/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Danny Turner, alto sax
Larry Frazier, guitar
"Fats" Theus, tenor sax
Jesse Kilpatrick jr, drums
Bob Ashton, baritone sax
Richard Mitchell, trumpet
A Thing To Come By
Solid State 18060
released 1969
recorded December 1968
Jimmy McGriff, organ, piano
Danny Turner, alto sax
Bob Ashton, baritone sax
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Larry Frazier, guitar
Danny Turner, alto sax
Fats Theus, soprano sax
Jesse Kirkpatrick jr., drums
The Way You Look Tonight
Solid State SS-18063
released 1969
recorded 1969 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
others unknown
Electric Funk
Blue Note BST 84350
released 1970
recorded September 1969
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Horace Ott, piano
others unknown
The Dudes Doin' Business [aka Good Things Don't Happen Every Day]
Capitol ST-569
released 1970
recorded 1970 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Junior Parker, vocals
Horace Ott, piano
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Eric Gale, guitar
Chuck Rainey, bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Soul Sugar
Capitol ST-616
released 1970
recorded autumn 1970 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Murray Watson, trumpet
Cliff Davis, tenor saxophone, flute
Johnny Beard, baritone saxophone
Horace Ott, piano
Larry Frazier, guitar
Richard Davis, bass
Marion J. Booker, drums
Lawrence Killian, congas, tambourine
Something To Listen To
Blue Note BST-84364
released 1970
recorded autumn 1970 in New York/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Arthur "Fats" Theus, tenor sax
others unknown
Black Pearl
Blue Note BST 84374
released 1971
recorded 1971 live at the Golden Slipper in Newark, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Arthur Theus, sax
O'Donel Levy, guitar
St. Jenkins, drums
William Thorpe, baritone sax
Joseph Morris, alto sax
Ronald White, trumpet
Groove Grease
Groove Merchant GM 503
released 1971
recorded November 1971 in New York, NY/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Murray Watson, trumpet
Cliff Davis, flute, tenor sax
Johnny Board, flute, baritone sax
Horace Ott, piano
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Wye Bennett, guitar
Richard Davis, bass
Richard Evans, bass
Marion Booker jr, drums
Lawrence Killian, percussion
Jimmy McGriff And Junior Parker
United Artists UAS-5597
released 1972
recorded live at the Golden Slipper in Newark, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Junior Parker, vocals
Horace Ott, piano
Arthur "Fats" Theus, tenor sax
O'Donel "Butch" Levy, guitar
Saint Jenkins, drums
William Thorpe, baritone sax
Joseph Morris, alto sax
Ronald White, trumpet
Let's Stay Together
Groove Merchant GM 506
released 1972
recorded 1966 and January 1972 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Harold Bennett, tenor sax
L.E. Lofton, trombone
William Skinner, trumpet
Thornel Schwartz, guitar
Lawrence Frazier, guitar
Willie Jenkins, drums
St. Jenkins, drums
James Peacock, conga
Fly Dude
Groove Merchant GM 509
released 1972
recorded 1972 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
George Freeman, guitar
John Thomas, guitar
Marion Booker jr, drums
Ronald Arnold, tenor sax
Black And Blues
Groove Merchant GM 2203
released in 1972
recorded prob. 1963-1964
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Rudolph Johnson, tenor sax
Larry Frazier, guitar
Willie "Saint" Jenkins, drums
Jerry Gemmott, bass
Friday The 13th Cook County Jail
Groove Merchant GM 515
released 1973
recorded live October 1972 at Cook County Jail in Chicago, IL/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
George Freeman, guitar
O'Donel Levy, guitar
Marion Booker jr, drums
Mickey Bass, bass
Lucky Thompson, soprano sax, tenor sax
Louis Hayes, drums
Cedar Walton, piano
Sam Jones, bass
Giants Of The Organ In Concert
Groove Merchant GM 3300
released 1973
recorded 1973 live at Paul's Mall in Boston/USA
Richard 'Groove' Holmes, organ
Jimmy McGriff, organ
O'Donel Levy, guitar
Leon Cook, guitar
Mark Elf, guitar
Mike Moss, drums
Kwasi Jayourba, percussion
Giants Of The Organ Come Together
Groove Merchant GM 520
released 1973
Richard 'Groove' Holmes, organ
Jimmy McGriff, organ
O'Donel Levy, guitar
George Freeman, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Kwasi Jayourba, conga
If You're Ready Come Go With Me
Groove Merchant GM 529
released 1974
compilation
Jimmy McGriff, organ
other details unknown
The Main Squeeze
Groove Merchant GM 534
released 1974
recorded 1974 in New York/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ, keyboards
Connie Lester, alto sax
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Eddie Gladden, drums
The Last Blues Album 1
Groove Merchant GM 3303
released 1974
recorded October 1974
Buddy Rich, drums
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
George Freeman, guitar
Kenny Barron, piano
Bobby Cranshaw, bass
Supa Cookin'
Groove Merchant GM 4409
released 1974
blend of the LPs "Giants Of The Organ Come Together" and "Giants Of The Organ In Concert"
Stump Juice
Groove Merchant GM 3309
released 1975

Jimmy McGriff, organ, keyboards
Ernest Jones, keyboards
Leo Johnson, sax
Jesse Morrisson, sax
Joe Thomas, tenor sax
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Ralph Byrd, guitar
Andrew McCloud, bass
Lawrence Killian, percussion
Bobby Cranshaw, bass
Flyin' Time
Groove Merchant GM 4403
released 1975
previously released as "Fly Dude" and "Let's Stay Together"
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Harold (Sampson) Bennet, tenor sax
Ronald Arnold, tenor sax
L.E. Lofton, trombone
William Skinner, trumpet
George Freeman, guitar
John Thomas, guitar
Lawrence Frazier, guitar
Thornel Schwartz, guitar
Marion Booker jr., drums
Willie Jenkins, drums
St. Jenkins, drums
James Peacock, congas
The Mean machine
Groove Merchant GM 3311
released 1976
recorded 1976 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, synthesizer
Joe Thomas, tenor sax, flute
Law Felgatto, baritone sax
Alan Rubin, trumpet
John Frosk, trumpet
Tom Malone, trombone
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Lance Quinn, guitar
Jerry Friedman, guitar
Pat Rebillot, keyboards
Bob Babbitt, bass
Jimmy Maelen, percussion
Rick Marotta, drums
Jerry Marotta, drums
Carlos Martin, congas
Red Beans
Groove Merchant GM 3314
released 1976
recorded September 1976
Jimmy McGriff, organ, piano, clavinet
Mike Brecker, tenor sax
Jerry Friedman, guitar
Bob Babbitt, bass
Barry Lazarowitz, drums
Gary Mure, drums
Jimmy Maelen, percussion
and others
Tailgunner
Lester Radio Corporation LRC-9316
released 1977
recorded May 1977 in New York/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Lance Quinn, guitar
Jerry Friedman, guitar
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Bob Babbitt, bass
Will Lee, bass
Francisco Centano, bass
Alan Schwartzberg, drums
Jimmy Young, drums
Ron Zito, drums
Jimmy Maelen, percussion
Rubens Bassini, percussion
and others (horn and string section)
Outside Looking In
Lester Radio Corporation LRC-9320
released 1978
Jimmy McGriff, organ, keyboards
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Eddie Daniels, tenor sax
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Lance Quinnn, guitar
Jeff Mironov, guitar
Pat Rebillot, keyboards
Barry Miles, keyboards
Bob Babbitt, bass
Neil Jason, bass
Jimmy Young, drums
Ron Zito, drums
Jimmy Maelen, percussion
City Lights
JAM 002
released 1981
recorded December 1980/February 1981 in USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Bill Easley, alto sax
Idris Muhammed, drums
Victor Jones, drums
Danny Moore, trumpet
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Harold Vick, tenor sax
Leo Johnson, alto sax
Wayne Boyd, guitar
Alfred Boyd, bass
Movin' Upside The Blues
JAM 005
released 1982
recorded December 1980/June 1981
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Arnold Sterling, alto sax
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Vance James, drums
Bill Hardman, trumpet
Harold Vick, tenor sax
Danny Moore, trumpet
Bill Easley, alto sax
Victor Jones, drums
Richard Byrd, congas
The Groover
JAM 009
released 1982
recorded June 1982 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ, piano
Arnold Sterling, alto sax
Billy Butler, guitar
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Belton Evans, drums
Ray Mantilla, percussion
Countdown
Milestone M-9116
released 1983
recorded April 1983
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Marshall Keys, alto sax
Arnold Sterming, alto sax, tenor sax
Clifford Adams jr, trombone, Melvin Sparks, guitar
Vance James, drums
Skywalk
Milestone M-9126
released 1984
recorded March 1984 in Rutherford, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Michael Ridley, trumpet
Glenn Kaye, trumpet
Dominick Carelli, trombone
Bill Easley, alto sax
Coy Shockley, tenor sax
James Brundige, baritone sax
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Don Williams, drums
Arnold Sterling, alto sax
Wayne Boyd, guitar
State Of The Art
Milestone M-9135
released 1985
recorded May/June 1985 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ, keyboards
Lonnie Smith, keyboards
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Stanley Banks, bass
Bernard Davis, drums
Jesse "Cheese" Hameen, drums
Soul Survivors
Milestone M-9142
released 1986
recorded January 1986 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ, synthesizer
Hank Crawford, alto sax
George Benson, guitar
Jim Pittsburgh, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Mel Lewis, drums
Cold Snap
Alligator Records AL 4752
released 1986
recorded in Chicago, IL/USA
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
Mel Brown, guitar
Crispin Cioe, alto sax, baritone sax
Arno Hecht, tenor sax
Bob Funk, trombone
The Uptown Horns, horns
Hollywood Paul Litteral, trumpet
Allen Batts, keyboards
Jimmy McGriff, keyboards
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Morris Jennings, drums, percussion
The Starting Five
Milestone M-9148
released 1987
recorded October 1986 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Rusty Bryant, alto sax, tenor sax
David "Fathead" Newman, alto sax, tenor sax, flute
Mel Brown, guitar
Wayne Boyd, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Steppin' Up
Milestone M-9153
released 1987
recorded June 1987 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Vance James, drums
Blue To The Bone
Milestone M-9163
released 1988
recorded July 1988 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Al Grey, trombone
Bill Easley, alto sax, tenor sax
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
On The Blue Side
Milestone M-9177
released 1990
recorded April/August 1989 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Vance James, drums
You Ought To Think About Me
Headfirst A 379-2
released 1990
recorded March 1990 in New York City/USA
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond organ, piano
Bill Easley, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax
Stanton Davis, trumpet
Dennis Wilson, trombone
Rodney Jones, guitar, bass
David Jackson jr., bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Pancho Morales, percussion
In A Blue Mood
Headfirst 1011-2
released 1991
Jimmy McGriff, Kurzweil 1200 synthesizer (B-5), organ
Eric Leeds, sax
James Behringer, guitar
Dr. Fink, synthesizer, bass
Rob Arthur, bass
Debbie Duncan, vocals
Rob Arthur, vocals
The Jazz Collector Edition
LaserLight Digital 15 752
released 1991
compilation, recordings 1971 to 1974
Jimmy McGriff, organ, piano
Cliff Davis, tenor sax, flute
Johnny Board, baritone sax
Murray Watson, trumpet
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Richard Davis, bass
Marion Booker, drums
Funkiest Little Band In The Land
Lester Recording Catalog CDC 9046
released 1992
compilation of tracks recorded 1968-1974
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Connie Lester, saxophone
George Freeman, guitar
Eddie Gladden, drums
James Peacock, conga
Right Turn On Blue
Telarc CD-83366
released 1994
recorded January 1994 in New York/USA
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond XB3 organ
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Jesse Hameen, drums
Rodney Jones, guitar
Heart and Soul - The Hank Crawford Anthology
Rhino 71673
released 1994
compilation
Hank Crawford, alto sax, baritone sax, piano
Mac Rebennack organ
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Lucky Peterson, organ
various artists
Blues Groove
Telarc CD-83381
recorded July 1995 in Stamford, CT/USA
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond XB3 organ
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Vance James, drums
Wayne Boyd, guitar
The Dream Team
Milestone MCD-9268-2
recorded August 1996 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond XB3 organ
David 'Fathead' Newman, tenor sax
Red Holloway, tenor sax, alto sax
Mel Brown, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Troubadours Of Groove
Pickwick / Simitar Distribution 1131
compilation
Richard 'Groove' Holmes, organ
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Junior Parker, vocals, harmonica
Horace Ott, piano
Everett Barksdale, guitar
Wynne Bennett, guitar
Kliff Davis, tenor sax, flute
Johnny Board, baritone sax, flute
Murray Watson, trumpet
Lawrence Killian, percussion
Richard Evans, bass
Marion J. Booker, drums
Road Tested
Milestone MCD-9274-2
recorded June 1997 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond XB3 organ
Wayne Boyd, guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
Straight Up
Milestone MCD-9285-2
recorded May 1998 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond XB3 organ
David 'Fathead' Newman, tenor sax
Frank Wess, tenor sax, flute
Wayne Boyd, guitar
Rodney Jones, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Crunch Time
Milestone MCD-9287-2
recorded November 1998 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Healing Time
Telarc CD-83490
recorded July/August 1999 in Carlisle, MA/USA
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Anthony Geraci, keyboards
Mark Greenberg, drums, percussion
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond B-3 organ
Michael "Madcat" Ward, bass
Don Williams, drums, percussion
McGriff's House Party
Milestone MCD-9300-2
recorded September 1999 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Lonnie Smith, organ
Kenny Rampton, trumpet
Bill Easley, tenor sax
Eric Alexander, tenor sax
Rodney Jones, guitar
Bernard Purdie, drums
Feelin' It
Milestone MCD-9313-2
recorded October 2000 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Bill Easley, alto sax, tenor sax
David "Fathead" Newman, tenor sax
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Wayne Boyd, guitar
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Don Williams, drums
Kenny Washington, drums
McGriff Avenue
Milestone MCD-9325-2
recorded 2002 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Jimmy McGriff, organ
Wilbur Bascomb jr, bass
Gordon 'Sax' Beadle, tenor sax
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Bill Easley, tenor sax
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Rodney Jones, guitar
Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, drums
Don Williams, drums
The Duke Meets The Earl
Stony Plain Records SPCD 1303
in Portland, ME, Pawtucket, RI, and Acton, MA/USA
Ronnie Earl, guitar
Duke Robillard, guitar, vocals
Dave Limina, Hammond B-3 organ
Jimmy McGriff, Hammond B-3 organ
Matt McCabe, piano
Rod Carey, bass
Jesse Williams, bass
Mark Teixeira, drums
Mighty Sam McClain, vocals
The Best Of The Sue Years 1962-1965
EMI 0946 3 60549 2 6
compilation
Jimmy McGriff, organ
no further details known
Anthology
U-5
compilation
Jimmy McGriff, organ
no further details known

 

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