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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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Wilton Gaynair

Wilton Gaynair

Wilton “Bogey” Gaynair (1927 – 1995) was an exciting tenorsax player from Jamaica, settling in Europe in the middle 1950s, making some remarkable recording sessions placing him firmly among the greatest on his instrument… … Read entire article »

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James Moody

James Moody

James Moody (1925 – 2010) was one of the great giants of postwar jazz, treating the tenor saxophone, the alto saxophone and the flute with equal creative power through a long lifetime… … Read entire article »

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Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (1921 – 1986) was a fine and colorful tenorsax swinger with a long, exciting career, known for his participation in Count Basie’s orchestra but also for his many recording sessions under his own name… … Read entire article »

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