Personalities | Sonny Stitt | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, 1924–82)

Edward ‘Sonny’ Stitt was equally proficient on the alto and tenor saxophones. Initially a devotee of Charlie Parker, he developed into a hard-hitting and fluid improviser with a reputation for extreme toughness in ‘cutting’ contests. He worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, J.J. Johnson and Oscar Peterson, but is best known for his collaborations with fellow tenormen Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis and Gene Ammons. His prolific discography is uneven, but often brilliant.

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


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