b. 23 May 1917, Gary, Indiana, USA, d. August 1995. Bothwell began playing alto saxophone and established a reputation in Chicago before moving to New York in the early 40s. During the rest of the decade he worked with several big bands, including those led by Woody Herman, Sonny Dunham, Boyd Raeburn and Gene Krupa. In the middle of the 40s, as the swing era faltered, he formed his own bands, leading both large and small ensembles for dance dates and recording sessions. Towards the end of the decade he was again in Chicago and various other locations, mostly on the east coast, but by the start of the 50s he had dropped out of the music business. He worked as a salesman for GE in Connecticut, before moving to Lakeland, Florida to run a photography/video production business. He suffered a stroke in the 80s, and passed away in August 1995. Some of his recorded work, such as on 1946’s ‘Boogie Blues’ with Krupa, hints at a fondness for Johnny Hodges but without any suggestion of slavishness.
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