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Gene Ammons

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: April 14, 1925 | Died: August 6, 1974    

Gene Ammons

Eugene “Jug” Ammons was a jazz tenor saxophone player, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons.

Ammons began to gain recognition when he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax band in 1943, at the age of 18. He became a member of the Billy Eckstine and Woody Herman bands in 1944 and 1949 respectively, and then in 1950 formed a duet with Sonny Stitt. His later career was interrupted by two prison sentences for narcotics possession, the first from 1958 to 1960, the second from 1962 to 1969.

Ammons and Von Freeman were the founders of the Chicago School of tenor saxophone. His style of playing showed influences from Lester Young as well as Ben Webster. These artists had helped develop the sound of the tenor saxophone to higher levels of expressiveness. Ammons, together with Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, helped integrated their developments with the emerging “vernacular” of the bebop movement, and the chromaticism and rhythmic variety of Charlie Parker is evident in his playing....
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  • Three Classic Albums Plus

    Resonance Records
    2011
  • Angel Eyes

    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
  • The Chicago Concert

    Prestige Records
    2003
  • Fine And Mellow

    Prestige Records
    2003
  • A Stranger In Town

    Resonance Records
    2002
  • Left Bank Encores

    Prestige Records
    2002
  • God Bless Jug And Sonny

    Resonance Records
    2001
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Fine and Mellow by Derek Taylor

The Chicago Concert by Derek Taylor

Angel Eyes by Robert Gilbert

Left Bank Encores by David A. Orthmann

A Stranger In Town by C. Andrew Hovan

Gentle Jug, Vol. 3 by Derek Taylor

Boss Tenor by Douglas Payne

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