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Tina Brooks - 100% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Harold Floyd Brooks, 7 June 1932, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 August 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Brooks acquired his sobriquet ‘Tina’ after his previous nickname ‘Teeny’. He studied C-melody, alto and tenor saxophones at school before turning professional in 1950. At first he played with R&B and local New York Latin bands, recordi Read more

Booker Ervin - 95% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1930, Denison, Texas, USA, d. 31 August 1970, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, Ervin played trombone but switched to tenor saxophone in the early 50s during his military service. (He led his own small group when he was stationed on Okinawa.) After returning to civilian life, Ervin studied at Berklee College Of Music under Joe Viola, then worked with Ernie Read more

Jackie McLean - 92% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Lenwood McLean, 17 May 1932, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 March 2006, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (some sources cite 1931 as his year of birth). Coming as he did from a musical background (McLean’s father played guitar with the Tiny Bradshaw band), Jackie was encouraged by family friends who included Bud Powell. It was through Powell that alto saxophonist McL Read more

Kenny Dorham - 91% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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McKinley Howard Dorham, 30 August 1924, Fairfield, Texas, USA, d. 5 December 1972, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play trumpet while at high school, Dorham played in several late 40s big bands, including Lionel Hampton’s and, more significantly given his musical leanings, the bop-orientated outfits of Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine. He was originall Read more

Sonny Stitt - 88% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Boatner Stitt, 2 February 1924, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 22 July 1982, Washington, DC, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, Stitt gained his early experience playing in the big bands led by Tiny Bradshaw and Billy Eckstine. Influenced by Charlie Parker and by the many fine young beboppers he encountered on the Eckstine band, Stitt quickly developed into a formid Read more

Paul Chambers - 83% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jnr., 22 April 1935, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 4 January 1969, New York City, New York, USA. Chambers’ early death deprived jazz of one of its most extraordinary, influential, creative and lyrical bass players who had been present on several of the most important and enduring recordings of the 50s and early 60s. He grew up in Detroi Read more

Blue Mitchell - 81% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Allen Mitchell, 13 March 1930, Miami, Florida, USA, d. 21 May 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA. Mitchell’s early professional career found him playing trumpet in a number of R&B bands, including that led in the mid-50s by Earl Bostic. Later in the decade he worked briefly with Cannonball Adderley in New York, and then joined Horace Silver’s band, an e Read more

Sonny Clark - 81% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Conrad Yeatis Clark, 21 July 1931, Herminie, near Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 13 January 1963, New York City, New York, USA. An underrated piano genius of the hard-bop era, Clark cast a glorious ray of sunshine over some of the Blue Note Records label’s most memorable sessions. Art Tatum, one of his childhood heroes, and Count Basie, whose big band radio broadcasts Read more

Art Farmer - 79% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Stewart Farmer, 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 4 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. While still a child Farmer moved first to Phoenix, Arizona, then to Los Angeles. This was in the mid-40s, and during the next few years Farmer played trumpet in various name bands, including those led by Jay McShann and Benny Carter, and worked and recorded with Read more

Benny Golson - 74% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 January 1929, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After receiving tuition on the piano as a child, Golson began playing tenor saxophone professionally in 1951 in Bullmoose Jackson’s R&B band. It was here that he first met Tadd Dameron, who had a great influence upon his writing. In the early and mid-50s he played in bands led by Dameron, Lionel Hampton and Earl Bost Read more

Larry Young - 61% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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7 October 1940, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 30 March 1978, New York City, New York, USA. His father was an organ player but at first Young played piano instead. In 1957 he joined an R&B group in Elizabeth, New Jersey and, switching to Hammond organ, recorded with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest in 1961. The previous year he had made his record debut as leader with Testif Read more

Horace Parlan - 60% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 January 1931, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Parlan played piano from an early age, his first professional work being in R&B bands during the early and mid-50s. In 1957 he joined Charles Mingus in New York, later playing with Lou Donaldson, Booker Ervin, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Johnny Griffin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. In the early 70s he settled in Den Read more

Woody Shaw - 60% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Herman Shaw II, 24 December 1944, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA, d. 11 May 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Shaw was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where his father sang in a gospel group. Taking up the trumpet at the age of 11, he quickly attained a level of proficiency that allowed him to sit in with visiting jazzmen. He left school when he was 16 years old to work in Read more

Kenny Drew - 58% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 August 1928, New York City, New York, USA, d. 4 August 1993, Copenhagen, Denmark. A child prodigy, Drew studied piano and music, making his first records in 1949 with Howard McGhee. In the 50s, he was much in demand for recording and club sessions by mainstream and modern musicians such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He worked regularly with Buddy De Read more

Hank Mobley - 55% match to Johnny Griffin

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Mobley, 7 July 1930, Eastman, Georgia, USA, d. 30 May 1986, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Tenor saxophonist Mobley began his professional career with an R&B band in 1950. The following year, he was attracting the attention of such important beboppers as Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie, and by 1954 his stature was such that he was invited to become a founder member Read more


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