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Episode #632 – Jimmy Coe

Air Week: June 13-19, 2022

Jimmy Coe

The “Juke In The Back” is proud to feature Jimmy Coe, a great 1950s saxophonist, bandleader and session man that is often ignored today. Coe came up in the 1940s playing in renown bands including the Jay McShann (at the same time as Charlie Parker) and the Tiny Bradshaw bands. After the war, he settled in Indianapolis, playing clubs until hooking up with vocalist Flo Garvin. He cut a record with her and one on his own for King Records in 1952. Even though King insisted as listing Coe as Jimmy Cole, he still caught the ear of The States Record Company. His 3 singles for States are a shining example of great musicianship, a solid groove and comedic talking blues. Coe and his group then played on records by The Students, Ronnie Haig and The Five Stars. This week, Matt The Cat moves the Jimmy Coe 78s from the back of the Juke and spotlights a true unsung hero of Rhythm & Blues.


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