|Tags:||jazz hard bop saxophone tenor sax blue note records|
|Decades:||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, recording in 1951 with Sonny Thompson, but Brooks soon tired of the restrictions of section work and looked for opportunities to play jazz. He played with Lionel Hampton in early 1955, but his break came when the trumpeter Benny Harris coached his playing and introduced him to other jazz musicians. Harris was instrumental in bringing the young tenor player to the attention of Blue Note Records label boss Alfred Lion, who immediately hired Brooks to play on the mammoth Jimmy Smith session that produced his album The Sermon. Brooks playing was assured, showing that he had already assimilated the...