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                              Jimmy Jewell

 

 

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Jimmy Jewell started out in 1962 playing tenor sax with various R&B and jazz bands in the north of England. In 1963 he decided to turn professional and joined the group Kris Ryan and the Questions, originally a rock band, which due to his influence, switched to playing R&B and Soul/Jazz, a la Ray Charles & James Brown. The band got a record deal with Mercury and 2 singles and an EP were released. The manager of the band wanted it to move in a more commercial direction and a solo single by Ryan was released. Jimmy left the band in 1965.

He moved down to London in 1966 and played briefly with a soul band, Mackís Sound. Whilst on tour in Germany with the Paramounts, backing Chris Andrews, he accepted an offer to join a Berlin band, the Magics. He toured with them in Germany until Spring 1967, then returned to London. He did a few gigs with Screaming Lord Sutch, then joined another soul band, the Stewart James Inspiration. He toured with them in England and Germany until they disbanded in 1968.

In 1969 he joined the Keef Hartley Band, a progressive blues/rock group, along with trumpeter Henry Lowther. A few weeks later, they were one of the few British bands to play the Woodstock festival, critics at the time comparing them favourably with Blood Sweat And Tears. He appeared on the album The Battle of North West Six (1969) then left together with Lowther while the band were recording The Time is Near (1970).

In 1971 he recorded with McGuiness-Flint on the album "Happy Birthday Ruthie Baby". In 1972 he appeared on the Coulson,Dean,McGuiness,Flint album of Bob Dylan sogs, "Lo and Behold". In 1973 he appeared on Dennis Coulson's solo album and on the "Seeds" album by Gallagher and Lyle, a Scottish songwriting duo who were former members of McGuiness-Flint. He also toured Britain with them and became an original member of Ronnie Laneís Slim Chance. In 1974 he appeared on their next album, "The Last Cowboy" and did more live dates with them as well as Ronnie Laneís "Passing Show".He also appeared on Laneís first album "Anymore for Anymore". The period 1975 through 1977 saw further touring work with Gallagher and Lyle and appearances on two further albums "Breakaway" and "Love on the Airwaves". Session work included appearances with Joan Armatrading playing the sax solo on worldwide hit "Love and Affection".

In 1976 he recorded his first solo album, "Iím Amazed", released in 1977 by UK label Affinity records. A second solo album "From the First Time I Met You" was recorded in 1977, and released by Affinity in 1978.

In November 1978 he moved to Chicago, where he played in various blues bands and also his own jazz quartet, as well as doing session work with various blues artists at Alligator records.


He came back to London in 1984 and in 1985 released an album of his own jazz compositions, Dawn of the Dragon on cassette with a quintet featuring US ex Count Basie and Duke Ellington trumpeter Chris Albert and drummer Hughie Flint, one of the original Bluesbreakers with John Mayall. This band gigged in and around London and was well received. The cassette is now reissued on CD from this site. Subsequent work was sporadic. In the late eighties Jimmy took an inependant study course in music technology at the college of East London


In 1995 he started a jazz trio with bass and drums only, but later expanded to a quintet with trumpet and trombone. The band had a weekly residence at an east London pub until 1996. During 1996, this quintet recorded an album as Jazz Alembic which is now released on Spherious Music.

In 1997 he moved to Kent due to family health problems. An outbuilding at the back of his house has been converted to a recording studio. A record label, Spherious Music has been set up to release his work, the first release being a compilation from the two solo albums, which is available now

In September 2000 Spherious Music release "First Phase"CD

In May 2001 "Almost straight ahead " is released by Spherious Music

In July 2008 "Dawn of the Dragon" is released by Spherious Music.