Billy Usselton (July 2, 1926 in New Castle, Pennsylvania – September 5, 1994) was an American jazz reed player. Usselton was proficient on tenor saxophone, clarinet, and oboe. He began playing professionally in high school with Bubbles Becker. Although his parents wanted him to attend college in Pennsylvania, he wanted to play for a living. He then played with Sonny Dunham in the 1940s before joining Ray Anthony in 1948-49 and again in 1951-52
Usselton would eventually record only one album under his own name, quite accurately entitled His First Album and released in 1957 on the jazz-savvy Kapp imprint. In 1954 he joined Brown, with whom he was affiliated for most of the balance of his career, with the Brown band's busy schedule including tours of Europe, Africa, and the Far East. The group's vocalist, Lauri Johnson, became Usselton's bride in 1958, obviously ignoring the potential for dementia in even a part-time oboe player
Usselton's sole album was His First Album, recorded for Kapp in June and July of 1956. For the sessions, he brought together a Hollywood sextet comprised of Bob Burgess (tb), Billy Usselton (ts), Abe Aaron (b-cl), Paul Moer (p), Mel Pollan (b) and Lloyd Morales (d). Then Buddy Clark (b) and Frank Capp (d) were in on the second session, followed by Larry Bunker (d) on the third . Marc Myers writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of "Anatomy of a Song" (Grove) and "Why Jazz Happened. Founded in 2007, JazzWax is a three-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's best blog award, including 2018.
Billy Usselton (1926-1994), was a modern, controlled, articulate, swinging tenor man, full of fresh ideas and surprises and rhythm and good taste. These recordings are the only ones he did as featured soloist of his own group. George T. Simon wrote: This is jazz of pure sound and free spirit. The arrangements are bright and imaginative. They make elegant use of counterpoint and of the unusual sound afforded by the addition of bass clarinet to the leading tenor sax and trombone and by the piano, too. Tracklist MP3. Play.
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|Miss Annabelle Lee||2:03|
|Georgia On My Mind||2:52|
|KL 1051||Billy Usselton Sextet||His First Album (LP, Album)||Kapp Records||KL 1051||US||1956|
|KL 1051||Billy Usselton Sextet||His First Album (LP, Album, RE)||Kapp Records||KL 1051||Spain||1984|