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Mikkel Flagstad

Mikkel Flagstad

Mikkel Flagstad (1930 – 2005) was one of Norway’s most prominent tenorsax players with a modern orientation influenced by Pres, active also in Sweden in the 1950s, however badly hit by illness, and his career became therefore much too short… … Read entire article »

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Tenorsax 1940 – 1944

Tenorsax 1940 – 1944

History of Jazz Tenor Saxophone – black artists – 1940 – 1944 contains a complete survey of recorded tenorsax from the transition jazz era, from swing to bebop, with sessions, solo notations and critical comments… Download THE HISTORY OF JAZZ TENOR SAXOPHONE BLACK ARTISTS 1940 – 1944 (pdf-file) … Read entire article »

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Ben Webster (Part 3: 1955 – 1964)

Ben Webster (Part 3: 1955 – 1964)

Ben Webster (1909 – 1973) (Part 3: 1955 – 1964) was a fighter and became one of the greatest mainstream tenorsax players in the U. S. until he decided to try his luck in Europe… … Read entire article »

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Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt (1924 – 1982) was one of the best altosax artists in the Charlie Parker tradition, but when he took up the tenorsax around 1950, he became one of the strongest and most enthusiastic performers on this instrument… … Read entire article »

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Lester Young (part 3)

Lester Young (part 3)

Lester Young (1909 – 1959) (Part 3: 1950 – 1959) was in the 1950s one of the most acknowledged artists ever in jazz but was struggling with bad health, and had to give up before the turn of the decade, but he still could play ballads like nobody else … … Read entire article »

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Budd Johnson

Budd Johnson

Budd Johnson (1910 – 1984) was a very competent tenorsax player active already from the late twenties but able to develop along with jazz in general and therefore became highly recognized through a lifetime of playing… … Read entire article »

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Buddy Tate

Buddy Tate

Buddy Tate (1914 – 2001) was a great tenorsax player who grew up with the swing era, joining Count Basie in 1939, later flirted with rhythm & blues, and to become one of the most successful mainstreamers from the late fifties and onwards … … Read entire article »

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