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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Joyce Collins (piano / vocals)

  • Frankie Carle Group [1954]
  • Oscar Pettiford Group [1955]
  • Bob Cooper Group [1960]
  • Benny Carter Orchestra
  • Paul Horn Group [1969]
  • Bill Henderson Group
  • Joyce Collins Group
  • Bill Berry Orchestra


Joyce Collins Searle was a pianist and singer born in Battle Mountain, Nevada, on March 5th, 1930. She studied piano and arrangements at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She was also a music educator, teaching many musicians along the years.

In 1955, she played with Oscar Pettiford, and in 1960, with Bob Cooper. She also had her own combos (duos and trios).

Joyce also worked in TV, staying 10 years in the Mary Tyler Moore Show.


This was the Bill Henderson Group in August 1975, when the live album Live at The Times was recorded:

Bill Henderson
Tom Azarello
Joyce Collins
piano, vocals
Dave MacKay
Jimmie Smith

She sadly died on January 3rd, 2010 in North Hollywood, California, due to pulmonary fibrosis. She was 79.

DISCOGRAPHY: (12 albums known to me - Status: In progress)

OWN ALBUMS (4 credits)
  • Girl here plays mean piano - Joyce Collins Trio (1960)

    • Members: (RIP: Joyce Collins)
    • Guests: (RIP: Ray Brown, Frank Butler)
  • Moment to moment - Joyce Collins (1981)

    • Members: (RIP: Joyce Collins)
    • Guests: Jack Sheldon (RIP: Chuck Domanico)
  • Sweet madness - Joyce Collins (1990)

    • Members: (RIP: Joyce Collins)
    • Guests: Ralph Penland (RIP: Andy Simpkins, Claudio Slon)
    • Technical: Wally Traugott
    • Comments: Recorded in April 1990.
  • Embraces the heart of Brazil - Joyce Collins (07/2005)

  • When my dreamboat comes home - Bill Henderson (1965)

  • Paul Horn & the concert ensemble - Paul Horn (02/1971)

    • Members: Paul Horn (RIP: Joyce Collins)
    • Guests: Oliver Nelson, Dave Parlato
  • Live at The Times - Bill Henderson (1975)

  • Live, Joey revisited - Bill Henderson (1976)

  • Street of dreams - Bill Henderson (1979)

  • Something´s gotta give - Bill Henderson (1979)

    • Members: Dave MacKay, Jimmie Smith (RIP: Joyce Collins)
    • Guests: Joey Baron, Pete Christlieb, Jim Hughart
  • A Tribute to Johnny Mercer - Bill Henderson (1981)

SESSIONS (1 credit)
  • Westful - The Gene Estes Band (1976)

    • Members: Gene Estes
    • Guests: Jules Chaikin, Bob Enevoldsen, Alan Estes, Med Flory, Jim Hughart, Ollie Mitchell, Tom Scott (RIP: Conte Candoli, Joyce Collins, Jay Migliori)


Joyce Collins mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
Bill Henderson (6)
Dave MacKay (6)
Joey Baron (2)
Jerry Coleman (2)
Jim Hughart (2)
Steve LaSpina (2)
Jimmie Smith (2)

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