Sonny Stitt

Born 2 February 1924. Died 22 July 1982
Sonny Stitt
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1924-02-02
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Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt Biography (BBC)

A musician whose alto playing was so close in style to that of Charlie Parker that he was sometimes mistaken for him, Stitt was one of the most accomplished soloists of the bebop era, and developed into a highly original and stimulating tenor saxophonist, who carved out his own way of playing on the larger instrument.

He grew up in Michigan, and had played in several professional bands including the Bama State Collegians and Sabby Lewis's Orchestra, before arriving in New York aged 19. He was a member of Billy Eckstine's pioneering bebop big band, and in 1946 played in Dizzy Gillespie's sextet and orchestra, where his Parker-inspired playing was a natural foil for the trumpeter.

Problems with heroin addiction and spells in Detroit and Chicago removed Stitt from the centre of jazz developments, but he was back in the Big Apple in 1949, where he cut some dazzling discs with Bud Powell including All God's Children Got Rhythm, on which he played his distinctive brand of tenor sax.

By this time he was a regular front-line partner of saxophonist Gene Ammons (a colleague from Eckstine days) and they worked together well into the 1950s. In the late 1950s he was reunited with Gillespie, spent a period in Miles Davis's band in 1960, and worked widely as a freelance in the 1960s.

This became his way of life for the next twenty years, and he toured and recorded incessantly, on the way creating many classic recordings. From time to time he joined formal bands, and in 1971-2, he toured with the Giants of Jazz - an all-star band that also included Gillespie, Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. His final gigs were in Japan shortly before he died.

Sonny Stitt Biography (Wikipedia)

Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), known professionally as Sonny Stitt, was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. Known for his warm tone, he was one of the best-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording more than 100 albums. He was nicknamed the "Lone Wolf" by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern because of his relentless touring and devotion to jazz. Stitt was sometimes viewed as a Charlie Parker mimic, especially earlier in his career, but gradually came to develop his own sound and style, particularly when performing on tenor sax.

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Confirmation
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Confirmation
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Imagination
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Imagination
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Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
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Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Dizzy Gillespie
On the Sunny Side of the Street
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On the Sunny Side of the Street
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Slick Eddie
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Slick Eddie
Gene Ammons
Autumn Leaves
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Autumn Leaves
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East of the Sun
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East of the Sun
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Sunday
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Sunday
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Blues for Pres, Sweet Ben & all the Other Funky Ones
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Blues for Pres, Sweet Ben & all the Other Funky Ones
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Bebop In Pastel
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Bebop In Pastel
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Ernest's Blues
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Ernest's Blues
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I Cover The Waterfront
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I Cover The Waterfront
Matthew Gee, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Gene Ammons, Wesley Landers, Charlie Bateman & Eugene Wright
Seven Eleven
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Seven Eleven
Dizzy Gillespie
After Hours
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After Hours
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After Hours
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After Hours
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Blues For Prez And Bird
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Blues For Prez And Bird
Dizzy Gillespie
Eternal Triangle
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Eternal Triangle
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Don't Blame Me
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Don't Blame Me

Don't Blame Me

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Giants of Jazz
Barry Harris
I got rhythm
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I got rhythm
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Dumplin'
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Dumplin'
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Blues For Bags
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Blues For Bags
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A Lazy Afternoon In Paris
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A Lazy Afternoon In Paris
Bud Powell, Sonny Stitt, Curley Russell, Sonny Stitt & Bud Powell & Max Roach
Fine and Dandy
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Fine and Dandy

Fine and Dandy

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Monitor Blues
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Monitor Blues
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When Sunny Gets Blue
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When Sunny Gets Blue
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S'wonderful
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S'wonderful
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Lazy Bones
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Lazy Bones
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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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Surfin'
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Surfin'
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Shine on Harvest Moon
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Shine on Harvest Moon
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Lover
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Lover
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Sos
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Sos
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Moten Swing
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Moten Swing
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Marchin'
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Marchin'
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Au Privave
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Au Privave
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Fine and Dandy
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Fine and Dandy
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KoKo
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KoKo
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The String
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The String
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Flying Home (2nd Version)
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Flying Home (2nd Version)
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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Nice Work If You Can Get It
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