As leader

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1953–54 The Art Farmer Septet Prestige Includes Farmer’s debut recording as leader
1954 Early Art Prestige With two bands: first featuring Sonny Rollins (tenor sax) and Horace Silver (piano); second featuring Wynton Kelly (piano)
1954–55 When Farmer Met Gryce Prestige With Gigi Gryce (alto sax) and two bands: first with Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass), Kenny Clarke (drums); second with Freddie Redd (piano) Addison Farmer (bass) Art Taylor (drums)
1955 Art Farmer Quintet featuring Gigi Gryce Prestige With Gigi Gryce (alto sax) Duke Jordan (piano), Addison Farmer (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)
1956 Farmer’s Market Prestige With Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Kenny Drew (piano), Addison Farmer (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)
1956 2 Trumpets Prestige With Donald Byrd (trumpet), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Barry Harris (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Art Taylor (drums)
1957 Last Night When We Were Young ABC-Paramount With the Quincy Jones orchestra; Jones also wrote the arrangements
1958 Portrait of Art Farmer Contemporary With Hank Jones (piano), Addison Farmer (bass), Roy Haynes (drums)
1958 Modern Art United Artists With Benny Golson (tenor sax), Bill Evans (piano), Addison Farmer (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)
1959 Brass Shout United Artists With big band; arrangements by Benny Golson
1959 The Aztec Suite United Artists With big band; arrangements by Chico O’Farrill
1960 Art Argo With Tommy Flanagan (piano), Tommy Williams (bass), Albert Heath (drums)
1961 Perception Argo With Harold Mabern (piano), Tommy Williams (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums)
1962 Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra Mercury With big band; arrangements by Oliver Nelson
1963 Interaction Atlantic With Jim Hall (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass), Walter Perkins (drums)
1963 Live at the Half-Note Atlantic Personnel as on Interaction; in concert
1964 To Sweden with Love Atlantic With Jim Hall (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums)
1964 The Many Faces of Art Farmer Scepter With Charles McPherson (alto sax), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Steve Swallow (bass), Bobby Thomas (drums)
1965 Sing Me Softly of the Blues Atlantic With Steve Kuhn (piano), Steve Swallow (bass), Pete LaRoca (drums)
1966 Group Therapy Scepter Credited to the New York Jazz Sextet
1966 Baroque Sketches Columbia
1966 The Time and the Place Mosaic With Jimmy Heath (tenor sax), Albert Dailey (piano), Walter Booker (bass), Mickey Roker (drums); in concert
1967 The Time and the Place Columbia With Jimmy Heath (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Walter Booker (bass), Mickey Roker (drums)
1967 Art Farmer Plays the Great Jazz Hits Columbia Personnel as on The Time and the Place (1967)
1968 Art Worker Moon With Ernie Royal (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Oscar Estelle (alto, tenor, baritone saxes), Harold Mabern (piano), Jimmy Woode (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums)
1968 What Happens? Campi With Phil Woods (alto sax), Martial Solal (piano), Henri Texier (bass), Daniel Humair (drums)
1970 In Europe Enja With Fritz Pauer (piano), Peter Marshall (bass), Erich Bachtragl (drums); in concert
1970 From Vienna with Art MPS With Jimmy Heath (tenor sax), Fritz Pauer (piano), Jimmy Woode (bass), Erich Bachtragl (drums)
1971 Homecoming Mainstream With Jimmy Heath (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Billy Higgins (drums), James Mtume (congas), Warren Smith (percussion)
1972 Gentle Eyes Mainstream With big band; arrangements by Hans Salomon
1974 Talk to Me Pye With the ORF [Austrian Broadcasting Corporation] Big Band
1974 A Sleeping Bee Sonet With Goran Strandberg (piano), Jan Schaffer (guitar), Red Mitchell (bass), Tony Inzalaco and Island Ostlund (drums; separately), Sabu Martinez (percussion)
1976 On the Road Concord With Art Pepper (alto sax), Hampton Hawes (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Steve Ellington and Shelly Manne (drums; separately)
1975 Yesterday’s Thoughts East Wind With Sam Jones (bass), Cedar Walton (piano), Billy Higgins (drums)
1977 Crawl Space CTI With Jeremy Steig (flute), David Grusin (keyboards), Eric Gale (guitar), Will Lee (bass, gong), George Mraz (bass), Steve Gadd (drums)
1977 Something You Got CTI With the David Matthews orchestra, featuring Yusef Lateef (tenor sax)
1977 Art Farmer Live in Tokyo CTI With Jackie McLean (alto sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Billy Higgins (drums); in concert
1978 Big Blues CTI With Jim Hall (guitar), Mike Mainieri (vibraphone), Mike Moore (bass), Steve Gadd (drums)
1979 Yama CTI Featuring Joe Henderson (tenor sax)
1981 A Work of Art Concord With Fred Hersch (piano), Bob Bodley (bass), Billy Hart(drums)
1981 Manhattan Soul Note With Sahib Shihab (soprano and baritone saxes), Kenny Drew (piano), Mads Vinding (bass), Ed Thigpen (drums)
1982 Mirage Soul Note With Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), Fred Hersch (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Akira Tana (drums)
1982 Warm Valley Concord With Fred Hersch (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Akira Tana (drums)
1983 Ambrosia Denon Records With strings
1983 Maiden Voyage Denon With strings
1984 You Make Me Smile Soul Note With Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), Fred Hersch (piano) Rufus Reid (bass), Akira Tana (drums)
1987 Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn Contemporary With Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), James Williams (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums)
1987 Azure Soul Note With Fritz Pauer (piano)
1988 Blame It on My Youth Contemporary With Clifford Jordan (tenor and soprano sax), James Williams (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)
1981 Foolish Memories Bellaphon With Harry Sokal (tenor sax), Fritz Pauer (piano), Heiri Känzig (bass), Joris Dudli (drums)
1989 PhD Contemporary With Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), James Williams (piano), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Rufus Reid (bass), Marvin “Smitty” Smith (drums)
1991 Soul Eyes Enja With Geoff Keezer (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), Lewis Nash (drums); in concert
1994 The Company I Keep Arabesque With Tom Harrell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ron Blake (soprano and tenor saxes), Geoff Keezer (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), Carl Allen (drums)
1995 The Meaning of Art Arabesque With Slide Hampton (trombone), Ron Blake (soprano and tenor saxes), Geoff Keezer (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), Carl Allen (drums)
1996 Silk Road Arabesque With Don Braden and Ron Blake (soprano and tenor saxes), Geoff Keezer (piano), Kenny Davis (bass), Carl Allen (drums)
1989 Central Avenue Reunion Contemporary With Frank Morgan (alto sax), Lou Levy (piano), Eric Von Essen (bass), Albert Heath (drums)
1996 Live at Stanford Jazz Workshop Monarch With Harold Land (tenor sax), Bill Bell (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Albet Heath (drums); in concert
1975 To Duke With Love East Wind With Cedar Walton (piano), Sam Jones (bass guitar), Billy Higgins (drums)
1976 The Summer Knows East Wind Personnel as on To Duke With Love
1976 At Boomers East Wind With Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Sam Jones (bass) Billy Higgins (drums); in concert
1998 Art Farmer Plays Standards PAO With Jarek Smietana (guitar), Jacek Niedziela and Antoni Debski (bass; separately), Adam Czerwinski (drums)

With the Jazztet

All feature Benny Golson (tenor sax)

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1960 Meet the Jazztet Argo With Curtis Fuller (trombone), McCoy Tyner (piano), Addison Farmer (bass), Lex Humphries (drums)
1960 Big City Sounds Argo With Tom McIntosh (trombone), Cedar Walton (piano), Tommy Williams (bass), Albert Heath (drums)
1960–61 The Jazztet and John Lewis Argo Personnel as on Big City Sounds; John Lewis (composer, arranger)
1961 The Jazztet at Birdhouse Argo Personnel as on Big City Sounds; in concert
1962 Here and Now Mercury With Grachan Moncur III (trombone), Harold Mabern (piano), Herbie Lewis (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums)
1962 Another Git Together Mercury Personnel as on Here and Now
1982 Voices All East World With Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams (bass), Albert Heath
1982 Playboy Jazz Festival Elektra/Musician With Mike Wolff (piano), John B. Williams (bass), Roy McCurdy, Nancy Wilson (vocals); in concert; shared with various bands
1983 Moment to Moment Soul Note With Curtis Fuller, Mickey Tucker (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Albert Heath
1983 Nostalgia Baystate With Curtis Fuller, Mickey Tucker, Rufus Reid (bass), Billy Hart (drums)
1986 Back to the City Contemporary With Curtis Fuller, Mickey Tucker, Ray Drummond, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith (drums)
1986 Real Time Contemporary Personnel as on Back to the City

Albums as sideman

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1949 (Various) Black California Savoy
1953 Clifford Brown The Clifford Brown Big Band In Paris Prestige
1953 Clifford Brown Memorial Prestige
1953 Lionel Hampton European Concert 1953 IAJRC
1953 Clifford Brown The Complete Paris Collection, Vol. 3 Jazz Legacy
1955 Gene Ammons All Star Sessions Prestige
1956 Gene Ammons The Happy Blues Prestige
1956 Gene Ammons Jammin’ with Gene Prestige
1956 Quincy Jones This Is How I Feel About Jazz ABC
1956 Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis Columbia
1957 Manny Albam The Jazz Greats of Our Time, Vol. 1 Coral
1957 Gene Ammons Funky Prestige
1958 John Benson Brooks Alabama Concerto Riverside
1956 Teddy Charles The Teddy Charles Tentet Atlantic
1956 Teddy Charles Word from Bird Atlantic
1957 Kenny Burrell Earthy Prestige
1957 Jimmy Cleveland Cleveland Style EmArcy
1983 Joe Carter My Foolish Heart Empathy
1957 Sonny Clark Dial “S” for Sonny Blue Note
1958 Sonny Clark Cool Struttin’ Blue Note
1957 Eddie Costa Eddie Costa Quintet Interlude
1987 Bob Dorough Songs of Love
1979 Tommy Flanagan Something Tasty Baystate
1957 Curtis Fuller Curtis Fuller Volume 3 Blue Note
1957 Benny Golson Benny Golson’s New York Scene Contemporary
1960–61 Benny Golson Take a Number from 1 to 10 Argo
1964 Sergio Mendes Bossa Nova York Elenco
1967 Benny Golson Tune In, Turn On Verve
1996 Benny Golson One Day, Forever Arkadia
1956 Bennie Green Bennie Green with Art Farmer Prestige
1996 Jim Hall Panorama: Live at The Village Vanguard Telarc
1990 (Various) Rhythmstick CTI
1958 Milt Jackson Bags’ Opus United Artists
1957 Benny Golson Cliff Craft Blue Note
1974 Peter Herbolzheimer Scenes MPS
1957 Joe Holiday Holiday for Jazz Decca
1978 Duke Jordan Duke’s Artistry SteepleChase
1977 Yusef Lateef Autophysiopsychic CTI
1958 Michel Legrand Legrand Jazz Columbia
1958 Abbey Lincoln It’s Magic Riverside
1958 Mundell Lowe Porgy & Bess RCA Camden
1956 Hal McKusick The Jazz Workshop RCA Victor
1957 Hal McKusick Hal McKusick Quintet Coral
1958 Hal McKusick Cross Section – Saxes Decca
1956 Gil Mellé Gil’s Guests Prestige
1957 Hank Mobley Hank Mobley Quintet Blue Note
1958–59 Gerry Mulligan What Is There to Say? Columbia
1963 Gerry Mulligan Night Lights Philips
1987 Mark Murphy September Ballads Milestone
1966 Chico O’Farrill Nine Flags Impulse!
1958-59 Tony Ortega Jazz For Young Moderns Bethlehem
1980 Enrico Pieranunzi Isis Soul Note
1959 Bill Potts The Jazz Soul Of Porgy & Bess United Artists
1957 Prestige All Stars Earthy Prestige
1957 Prestige All Stars Three Trumpets Prestige
1957 Prestige All Stars Coolin’ New Jazz
1958 Prestige Blues-Swingers Outskirts Of Town Prestige
1958 Annie Ross Sings a Song with Mulligan! World Pacific
1956 George Russell The Jazz Workshop RCA Victor
1969 Heikki Sarmanto Many Moons – July ’69 Louhi Productions
1957 Horace Silver The Stylings of Silver Blue Note
1958 Horace Silver Further Explorations Blue Note
1987 Taina Scene from a Trance CBS
1957 (Various) Modern Jazz Concert Columbia
1976 (Various) Jazz Gala Concert Atlantic
1958 Mal Waldron Mal/3: Sounds Prestige
1958 Ben Webster The Soul of Ben Webster Verve
1969 Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band TNP Delta Music
1970 Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band November Girl Black Lion
1971 Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band Change Of Scenes Verve
1970 Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band Off Limits Polydor
1975 BP Convention Big Band Blue Sunset Jugoton
1993 Barbara Carroll This Heart of Mine DRG

Singles as sideman

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1948 Big Joe Turner Radar Blues / Trouble Blues Swing Time
1948 Big Joe Turner Wine-O-Baby / B & O Blues Swing Time
1948 Big Joe Turner Christmas Date Boogie / Tell Me Pretty Baby Swing Time
1948 Big Joe Turner Old Piney Brown is Gone / Baby Won’t You Marry Me Swing Time
1949 Roy Porter Little Wig / Gassin’ The Wig Savoy
1949 Roy Porter Don’t Blame Me Rex Hollywood
1949 Roy Porter Frantic Dream / Everything’s Cool Rex Hollywood
1952 Wardell Gray April Skies / Bright Boy Prestige
1952 Wardell Gray Jackie / Sweet and Lovely Prestige
1952 Wardell Gray Farmer’s Market / Lover Man Prestige
1959 Teddy Charles Air Mail Special / Flyin’ Home Bethlehem


Year recorded gives date of Farmer’s appearance. An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

Year recorded Title Notes
1958* I Want to Live! Holywood film; Farmer appears as himself[1]
1958 Jazz on a Summer’s Day Recorded at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival; Farmer is part of the Gerry Mulligan band[1]
1959 Gerry Mulligan & Art Farmer – Live in Rome 1959 With Bill Crow (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)
1960* The Subterraneans Hollywood film, based on the Jack Kerouac novel; Farmer appears as himself[1]
1964 Ralph J. Gleason’s Jazz Casual: Art Farmer TV recording, later released on DVD[2]
1981–82 Jazz Masters Series: Art Farmer At the Smithsonian Institution
1982* Jazz in Exile About American jazz musicians living in Europe[1][3]
1986 Jacksonville Jazz Festival VI TV broadcast of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival
1990 Ron Carter & Art Farmer: Live at Sweet Basil With Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins[4]
1992 The Creative Spirit PBS broadcast[1]
1994* A Great Day in Harlem About the 1958 photograph of 57 musicians[1]
1994 Jazz at Lincoln Center With Wynton Marsalis PBS broadcast[1]
2007* Benny Golson: The Whisper Not Tour Concert recordings of the Jazztet[5]