The Troy Street Observer

Dec 15: Birthday of Saxophonist Jimmy Tyler

Alto and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Tyler, born in Kittrell, NC on Dec 15, 1918, is no stranger to this blog—his career is covered in entries on Mar 11, April 24, and May 29. I’m posting today to let you know I’ve finally uploaded one of his out-of-print Federal recordings to YouTube.

Here is Jimmy Tyler on tenor with a crack studio band playing his own 1956 composition, “Pink Clouds.” I’ve always liked Cliff Leeman’s drumming here. This isn’t the kind of mainstream jazz we associate with Leeman, but his touch is well suited to this tune.

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