Johnny Coles never became a star name, but his associations with a half-dozen of the leading jazz
figures of the post-war era are significant enough testament to his musical ability.
Whether through circumstances or lack of inclination, Coles seemed content to work with others at the
helm throughout his career, but he earned a significant reputation within those parameters. He was
never a band-leader of any note, and recorded very few records under his own name. His debut album
The Warm Sound, appeared in 1961, while his most significant record as a leader, Little Johnny C, was
issued on Blue Note label in 1963.
He taught himself to play trumpet from the age of 10, later adding the customary flugelhorn as well