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Jimmy Coe & the Big Band

by Jimmy Coe & The Jimmy Coe Big Band

Jimmy Coe He was like Charlie Parker. Whatever he thought in his mind, he could do with his fingers. Every [Naptown] musician, including J.J. Johnson and Wes Montgomery, came through Erroll.
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1. Say What?
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2. Portrait of Jenny
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3. Third Bossa Nova
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4. Ceora
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5. Someone to Watch Over Me
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6. Reunion Riff
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7. The Very Thought of You
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8. Here's That Rainy Day
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9. Nows the Time
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Album Notes
Jimmy Coe (ts -1, as -2, ldr); Pharez Whitted (tp -2); David Young (ts -2); Melvin Rhyne (p); Frank Smith (b); Killer Ray Appleton (d).
The Jimmy Coe Big Band
Jimmy Coe (as, ldr, arr); Pharez Whitted (tp); Lenny Foy (tp); Grant Manhart (tp); William "Whitey" Harris (tp); Mark Cravens (tb); Betty Lucas (tb); Reginald Du Valle (tb); Jim Hicks (tb); Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson (as); Russell Webster (ts); David Young (ts); William Boyd (bars); Don Wilhite (p); Oliver Eubanks (eg); Ratzo B. Harris (standup eb); Earl Coe (d); Bobby Martin (Latin perc); James Bell (voc).

TRC Studios, Indianapolis, IN.
Engineer: Steve McQuery

Say What?! Don't Even Try It! (Coe)
Time [CD]

Portrait of Jenny (Young)
Time [CD]

Third Bossa Nova (Webster)
Time [CD]

Ceora (Morgan)
Time [CD]

Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin-Gershwin)
Time [CD]

Reunion Riff (Webster)
Time [CD]

The Very Thought of You (Noble) [JB voc]
Time [CD]

Say What? is a CD on the Time Records label. "Information is drawn from the liner notes to the CD release. Harris is actually credited with playing a "Merdiant Vertical Bass."

The big-band tracks spotlight Jimmy Coe's arranging and lead alto playing. He does not solo on them. His old bandmate Bill Boyd plays the baritone sax; Earl Coe, the drummer, is Jimmy's son.
When interviewed in April 2002, Jimmy Coe declared:

I've played steadily from the '60's and '70's through today. I teach saxophone and have 6 students. My two sons, Earl [drums] and Jimmy, Jr. [trumpet], play with me in my orchestra. I also want to thank Bobby Martin producer owner of Time Records Publishing Inc. After 40 years I cut a Big Band CD for Time Records Publishing Inc, {Delmark has distributed it ] and hardly a day goes by that I don't play my horn!
Jimmy Coe was credited with the arrangements for a big band on a 2003 CD release by Naptown singer/pianist Jimmy McDaniels on his own JMCA label. See http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mcdaniels/from/evor for some information about the release. We will post a fuller listing (with instrumental personnel, we hope) eventually.

One Jimmy Coe is also listed as an arranger for one or more tracks on a CD released in 2000 on the Fat Note label; it features vocalist Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, an 8-piece Swing ensemble. The band is headquartered in the Bay Area and has a couple of house arrangers, so the Coe contribution (if it comes from the same musician we have been chronicling) would have to be rather limited. The presence of "Hootie Blues," a famous Jay McShann number from the period that Jimmy was in the band, might be a clue. To be investigated.

In January 2004, Jimmy Coe received a special tribute from the International Association for Jazz Education during its annual convention in New York City.


Jimmy Coe died on February 26, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. According to his obituary (by Jay Harvey, in the Indianapolis Star, February 28, 2004):

Coe rebounded from a mild stroke in the early 1990s but was plagued in recent years by colon cancer and diabetes. Despite health problems, he could be seen occasionally playing from his wheelchair at special events, including the Independent Jazz Community Celebration in September [2003] at the Fountain Square Theatre, featuring Hubbard and others, and the Hampton Sisters Tribute by the Indiana Historical Society in November [2003].
In 1998, Jimmy Coe was in the first group of musicians inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame.

Many thanks to discographer Bob Eagle for information from his 1982 interview with Jimmy Coe and his 1988 interview with Flo Garvin, to Barney Quick for a 1996 photo of Jimmy Coe and other information about his activities, and to Ronnie Haig for his detailed recollections of the Note sessions. Terry Gordon's Rockin' Country Style Web site, http://rcs.law.emory.edu/rcs/index.htm, is an invaluable source of information about releases on Note. There is further helpful material on a Japanese Wes Montgomery site, http://www.ne.jp/asahi/wes.fan/club/right/pac/note.htm. (Warning to non-Japanese-speakers: only the discographical listings are in English. Keep in mind, too, that the site credits Wes Montgomery with being on some sessions for Note that actually used Ronnie Haig on guitar.)
Thank You Jimmy Coe RIP

Type of Work: Music
Registration Number / Date: SR0000172894 / 1994-01-03
Title: Say what? / The Jimmy Coe Big Band.
Description: Sound cassette.
Copyright Claimant: © Time Records Publishing, Inc., & Bobby Martin Productions
Date of Creation: 1993
Date of Publication: 1993-11-19
Authorship on Application: words & music: James R. Coe, 1921-; music: Russell Webster.
Names: Coe, James R., 1921-
Webster, Russell
Jimmy Coe Big Band
Time Records Publishing, Inc. &
Bobby Martin Productions Inc.

Staff// Time Records Publishing Inc. & Bobby Martin Productions Inc.


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