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Sonny Stitt

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Charlie Parker has already established many admirers and his impact could be detected in various styles, but couple of have been seeing that avid a disciple seeing that Sonny Stitt. There is nearly note-for-note imitation in a number of early Stitt solos, as well as the closeness continued to be until Stitt started de-emphasizing the alto and only the tenor, which he artfully mixed the affects of Parker and Lester Youthful. Stitt gradually created his own audio and design, though he was hardly ever definately not Parker on any alto single. An excellent blues and ballad participant whose approach inspired John Coltrane, Stitt could rip via an up-tempo bebop stanza, after that change and play a shivering, fascinating ballad. He was an alto saxophonist in Tiny Bradshaw’s music group through the early ’40s, after that joined up with Billy Eckstine’s seminal big music group in 1945, playing alongside various other emerging bebop superstars like Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon. Stitt afterwards performed in Dizzy Gillespie’s big music group and sextet. He started on tenor and baritone in 1949, and sometimes is at a two-tenor device with Ammons. He documented with Bud Powell and J.J. Johnson for Prestige in 1949, after that did many albums on Prestige, Argo, and Verve within the ’50s and ’60s. Stitt led many combos within the ’50s, and re-joined Gillespie for a brief period in the past due ’50s. Following a short stint with Mls Davis in 1960, he reunited with Ammons and for some time is at a three-tenor lineup with Wayne Moody. Through the ’60s, Stitt also documented for Atlantic, slicing the transcendent Stitt Takes on Parrot, which finally tackled the Parker query in epic style. He continued going rings, though he became a member of the Giants of Jazz in the first ’70s. This group included Gillespie, Artwork Blakey, Kai Winding, Thelonious Monk, and Al McKibbon. Stitt do more sessions within the ’70s for Cobblestone, Muse, among others, included in this another definitive day, Melody Up. He continuing playing and documenting in the first ’80s, documenting for Muse, Sonet, and Who’s Who in Jazz. He experienced a coronary attack and passed away in 1982.

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Full Name Sonny Stitt
Died July 22, 1982, Washington, D.C., United States
Profession Singer, Saxophonist
Nationality American
Parents Edward Boatner, Claudine Wickes
Music Songs There'll Never Be Another You, After You've Gone, I'll Be Seeing You, Afternoon in Paris, Just Friends, My Little Suede Shoes, I Want to Be Happy, Cool Blues, Propapagoon, Body And Soul, Stitt's It, Everything Happens to Me, Lover Man, Can't We Be Friends?, Autumn Leaves, Scrapple From the Apple, This Is Always, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Salt and Pepper, Mean To Me, Star Eyes, Old Folks, Lover, Come Back to Me, Alone Together, After Hours, All of Me, Private Number, The Eternal Triangle, Slick Eddie, Now's the Time, Dark Eyes, Tune Up
Albums Sonny Side Up, Boss Tenors, For Musicians Only, Sonny Stitt Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Stitt Plays Bird, Only the Blues, Boss Tenors in Orbit!, Sonny Stitt Plays, Salt and Pepper, Sonny Stitt Plays Arrangements from the Pen of Quincy Jones, Stitt Goes Latin, Sonny Stitt Blows the Blues, Saxophone Supremacy, A Little Bit of Stitt, Primitivo Soul!, Sonny Stitt with the New Yorkers, So Doggone Good, Soul in the Night, Burnin', Sonny Stitt & the Top Brass, Constellation, Broadway Soul, Sonny Stitt Plays Jimmy Giuffre Arrangements, Soul People, Just In Case You Forgot How Bad He Really Was, The Saxophones of Sonny Stitt, Sonny Stitt Swings the Most, Sonny Stitt at the D. J. Lounge, Complete Recordings, Stitt in Orbit, The Sensual Sound of Sonny Stitt, Satan, Dig Him!, Now!, You Talk That Talk!, Black Vibrations, Mr. Bojangles, The Champ, Sonny Stitt, Soul Classics, Little Green Apples, Sax O' Bebop, Sonny Stitt Meets Sadik Hakim, An Introduction To Sonny Stitt, Masterpieces of Sonny Stitt, Vol. 2, Watching It Fly By, Complete Jazz Series 1950 - 1951, Stitt's It, Four Classic Albums (Digitally Remastered), One O'clock Jump Vol 4


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Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 performer: "Out in the Cold Again"
Black Girl 1972 performer: "Black Girl"

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Les tricheurs 1958 musician

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In memoriam Charlie Parker 1967 TV Movie Himself - Musician (as & ts)
Jazz on a Summer's Day 1959 Documentary Himself

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