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Louis Prima - 59% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 December 1911, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 24 August 1978, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A trumpeter, band leader, singer and composer, Prima was the son of Italian immigrant parents. He was educated at Jesuit High School, and studied the violin for several years under Hemmersback, before switching to the trumpet. At the age of 17, inspired by jazz greats such as Louis Read more

Chico Freeman - 36% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Lavon Freeman Jnr., 17 July 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Freeman started out playing trumpet but while at university switched to tenor saxophone, the instrument played by his father Von Freeman. After university, where he studied music education, he played in R&B bands, before changing direction and working with Muhal Richard Abrams and the Association for the Adva Read more

Flip Philips - 27% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Big Band & Swing
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Flip Phillips - 27% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Edward Fillipelli, 26 March 1915, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 August 2001, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Phillips initially played clarinet, working with trumpeter Frankie Newton, before switching to tenor saxophone in the late 20s. After playing in small groups in the New York area, Joe ‘Flip’ Phillips joined Woody Herman’s First Her Read more

Cecil Payne - 25% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cecil McKenzie Payne, 14 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 November 2007, Camden, New Jersey, USA. After first learning guitar, alto saxophone and clarinet, Payne took up the baritone saxophone. In 1946, a year in which he played and recorded with J.J. Johnson and Roy Eldridge, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band for a three-year stint. Leaving Gillesp Read more

Arthur Blythe - 23% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Murray Blythe, 5 July 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. From infancy Blythe lived in San Diego, returning to Los Angeles when he was 19 years old. He had taken up alto saxophone at the age of nine, playing R&B until his mid-teens when he discovered jazz. He studied with David Jackson and ex-Jimmie Lunceford altoist Kirtland (Kirk) Bradford. In the mid-60s he was Read more

Billy Harper - 22% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 January 1943, Houston, Texas, USA. A child soloist in the church choir, Harper took up the tenor saxophone at the age of 12. He formed his first quintet at 14, and played in high school bands before graduating summa cum laude. At Texas State University he gained a degree in saxophone and theory, working professionally as a singer/saxophonist at the same time. He worked in Read more

Harold Land - 20% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 December 1928, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 27 July 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. Resident in San Diego, California from early childhood, tenor saxophonist Land practised extensively with Eric Dolphy, holding informal, all-day sessions at Dolphy’s home. Arising from the local fame these sessions engendered, Land was hired as replacement for Teddy Edwards in the Max Read more

Eric Alexander - 19% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Wells Alexander, 4 August 1968, Galesburg, Illinois, USA. Born to a pair of musically inclined and encouraging parents, Alexander began taking piano lessons at eight years old and showed a great deal of promise. At 10, when instruments were distributed for the elementary school band, young Alexander chose the clarinet. He did not excel at the instrument, however, and so Read more

Frank Morgan - 18% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
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Joel Frahm - 18% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1970, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. As a child Frahm studied piano and also played bassoon but while in eighth grade at the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School where he had tuition from music teacher Gary Mollenkopf, he began playing tenor saxophone. In 1985 he moved with his family to West Hartford, Connecticut, where, as a student at William H. Hall High School, he came under the wing Read more

Gigi Gryce - 17% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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28 November 1925, Pensacola, Florida, USA, d. 17 March 1983, Pensacola, Florida, USA. Alto saxophonist Gryce studied composition at Boston Conservatory and in Paris (with classicist Arthur Honegger) but then turned to jazz with spells in various bands, including that led by Tadd Dameron. In 1953 he was a member of the remarkable band with which Lionel Hampton toured Europe a Read more

Jimmy Heath - 17% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Heath, 25 October 1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The most versatile of the Heath brothers, saxophonist Jimmy joined the Howard McGhee band in 1947 with his older brother Percy Heath. Towards the end of the 40s he worked with Dizzy Gillespie, playing alto saxophone in small and big bands. Stylistically, Heath’s playing was broader and more personaliz Read more

Arnett Cobb - 16% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1918, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 24 March 1989, Houston, Texas, USA. Cobb began playing the tenor saxophone professionally in 1933. He spent several of his early years in the fine territory band led by Milt Larkin, a unit which numerous musicians of the older generation still hold in awe. Approached in 1941 by Lionel Hampton, who was then in the process of forming a n Read more

David 'Fathead' Newman - 14% match to Sonny Fortune

Genres: Jazz
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