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Sonny Stitt

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: March 2, 1924 | Died: July 22, 1982    

Sonny Stitt

Edward “Sonny” Stitt was a quintessential saxophonist of the bebop idiom. He was also one of the most prolific saxophonists, recording over 100 records in his lifetime. He was nicknamed the “Lone Wolf” by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern, due to his relentless touring and his devotion to jazz.

Stitt was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. Stitt had a musical background; his father taught music, his brother was a classically trained pianist, and his mother was a piano teacher. His earliest recordings were from 1945, with Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. He had also experienced playing in some swing bands, though he mainly played in bop bands. Stitt featured in Tiny Bradshaw's big band in the early forties....
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  • Eight Classic Albums

    Milestone Records
    2012
  • Don't Call Me Bird!

    Fresh Sound Records
    2008
  • Move On Over...

    Milestone Records
    2007
  • Stitts Bits: The Bebop Recordings (1949-1952)

    Concord Music Group
    2006
  • New York Jazz

    Verve Music Group
    2006
  • Work Done

    HighNote Records
    2006
  • It's Magic

    Delmark Records
    2006
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