Personalities | Earl Bostic | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto saxophone, 1913–65)

Earl Bostic was a soulful alto saxophonist from Tulsa who won a wide following in the late 1940s and 1950s for his accessible but technically accomplished style. He served a big band apprenticeship as a player and arranger, but then reinvented himself in more populist mode and made a series of bestselling records in the wake of his big 1951 hit ‘Flamingo’. His bands nurtured future stars, including John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Stanley Turrentine.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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