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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: May 31, 1927 | Died: February 25, 2012

James W “Red” Holloway was born in Helena, Arkansas on May 31, 1927 to a mother who played piano and a father who played violin. At the age of five, he and his mother moved to Chicago, where he graduated from DuSable High School and attended the Conservatory of Music.

During grade school, Red played banjo and harmonica in school bands. His first musical instrument, a tenor sax, was given to him by his stepfather when he was twelve years old. During high school, he was in the DuSable big band, where he sat next to fellow classmate and reedman Johnny Griffin. By age sixteen, and while still in school, he was hired for his first professional engagement by bassist Gene Wright, who later went on to become a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Red played with Wright's Big Band for three years at the Parkway Ballroom. When Red was nineteen, he joined the Army, where he became bandmaster for the U.S. Fifth Army Band....
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Featured recording “Go Red Go!”

Go Red Go!

Delmark Records
2009
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    Go Red Go!

    Delmark Records
    2009
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    Coast to Coast


    2004
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    Coast to Coast

    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
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    Red Soul

    Continuum Records
    1966
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    Cookin' Together

    Continuum Records
    1964
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    Wives And Lovers

    Continuum Records
    1964
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    Shout Brother / No Tears

    Continuum Records
    1964
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