Mitchell "Booty" Wood

12/27/1919 - 6/10/1987

Inducted 2000


Mitchell “Booty” Wood studied trombone at Dunbar High School. After graduation he joined the Lionel Hampton Band, and later played with Duke Ellington and Count Basie. By his count he traveled more than 2 million miles on the road, playing jazz in Sweden, Japan, South America, Mexico and France. In each band he held the position of first trombone and won high praise from the band leaders and their enraptured audiences. After his travels Booty Wood returned home to Dunbar High School and Central State University to teach jazz, using it as a vehicle to promote the benefits of constant practice, discipline, and the joy of music.