Jazz Man Jothan Callins Dies at 62
Jothan Callins, a prominent Birmingham jazz musician, died Saturday. He was 62. Mr. Callins and his band, The Sounds of Togetherness, performed across America and all over the world, his family said. "You name the greatest jazz musicians and he collaborated with them," his brother Joel recalled. Joel Callins said his brother died at Baptist Princeton Medical Center after a long illness.
Mr. Callins' more than 500 original compositions, including tunes like `Birmingham Blues," were performed by a host of musicians, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and NBC's "Tonight Show" band. Mr. Callins, a trumpet and keyboard player, performed with artists like Sun Ra, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Stevie Wonder and B.B. King.
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