Christopher Smith is a jazz trombonist and private trombone and jazz instructor living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He travels frequently with James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band, and plays lead trombone in the Bird of Paradise Orchestra. He considers himself to be one of the world's biggest "J. J. freaks."
This month marks the 50th anniversary of an historic month in jazz trombone history. In a span of fourteen days in December 1947, the young J. J. Johnson made six recording sessions in New York with Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Illinois Jacquet, Leo Parker and his own Quintet.