Jimmy Cheatham

Jimmy Cheatham was one of the coolest jazz cats in the industry. Having worked with many of the top jazz players such as Duke Ellington and Ornette Coleman, Jimmy brought the sounds of traditional jazz to film scores and television programs over several decades. Jimmy’s warm personality was only matched by the smooth sounds of his trombone. When teamed with his wife, the jazz and blues pianist Jeannie Cheatham, the tones were unmistakable, clear and often strikingly intimate. In recent years he was a proud professor at UC San Diego who gained the trust of his students and fostered their playing styles.

Interview Date:
April 18, 2002
Date of Birth:
June 18, 1924
Deceased Date:
January 12, 2007
Job Title:
Musician, Music Educator