Jimmy Wright, was a saxophonist and bandleader, and driving force in the Rhythm & Blues era, was a prolific performer known for his passionate and hard-blowing style of playing. Born in the late 1920s, Wright is best remembered for his work with his orchestra, where he showcased his talents as a saxophonist, bandleader, and arranger. His knack for assembling gifted musicians resulted in a group that was not only skillful but versatile, able to transition seamlessly between various styles of R&B, jump blues, and early rock ‘n’ roll.
Throughout the 1950s, Jimmy Wright and His Orchestra enjoyed a successful run, making several recordings for labels such as Ember, Jubilee, and Baton Records. His high-energy, up-tempo approach to R&B, featuring his blasting saxophone at the forefront, played a significant role in shaping the sound of the era. The orchestra’s hits included “Move Over,” “Stacked Deck,” and “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go,” all featuring Wright’s signature saxophone playing.
Though largely out of the limelight, Wright’s impact on the R&B and saxophone community remains significant. His powerful playing style, defined by rhythmic intensity and a sense of raw energy, is often cited as an influence by modern saxophonists.
Page last updated 7/16/2023.