Britt Woodman

Britt Woodman (June 4, 1920 in Los Angeles – October 13, 2000 in Hawthorne, California) was an American jazz trombonist.[1] He is best known for his work with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.

He knew Mingus from childhood, but first worked with Phil Moore and Les Hite.[1] After service in World War II he played with Boyd Raeburn before joining with Lionel Hampton in 1946. During the 1950s he worked with Ellington.[1] As a member of Ellington's band he can be heard on Such Sweet Thunder (1957), Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book (also 1957), Black, Brown, and Beige (1958) and Ellington Indigos (1958).

In 1960 he left Ellington to work in a pit orchestra.[1] Later he worked with Mingus and can be heard on the album Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963). In the 1970s he led his own octet and worked with pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi.[1] In 1989, he was in the personnel for the album Epitaph dedicated to the previously unrecorded music of Charles Mingus.

Steve Turre, among others, has cited him as an influence.


With Gene Ammons

With Ruth Brown

With Benny Carter

With John Coltrane

With Tadd Dameron

With Miles Davis

With Duke Ellington

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Chico Hamilton

With Jimmy Hamilton

With Johnny Hodges

With Hank Jones and Oliver Nelson

With Philly Joe Jones Dameronia

With Junior Mance

With Charles Mingus

With Blue Mitchell

With James Moody

With Oliver Nelson

With Zoot Sims with the Benny Carter Orchestra

  • Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington (1979)

With Jimmy Smith

With Billy Taylor

With Clark Terry

With Teri Thornton

With Jimmy Woode


  1. Colin Larkin, ed. (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Fifties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 507. ISBN 1-85227-937-0.
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