Houston Person

Houston Person wears the Boss Tenor crown, worn so long by Gene Ammons. Mr. Person is busy working his own gigs; booking his tours, finding new clubs, having phone numbers for every major concert promoter on every continent. He even produces his own albums. His first big break came while working as a sideman with organist Johnny Hammond and his group, co-led by Etta Jones. Mr. Person's working relationship with Ms. Jones began in 1973 and lasted for thirty years, until her recent passing in 2001. Early gigs happened while serving in the Army overseas in Germany, where he played with Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton and others. On Mr. Person's philosophy of jazz, he says, “Well, it's uplifting and important. And a release and a relief. That's what it is, jazz, so called jazz, to me. It's important that it's relaxing. Something that when the end of the day comes, after a hard and frustrating day out in the world, that relieves you. Relaxes you and makes you feel good.” Mr Person adds that all he wants is to give people “good solid melodies with some improvisation and plenty of blues feel.” He smiles, “You always want that dance feeling there, that happy, happy feeling.”

Photo Credit
Gene Martin

In Pictures
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Multiple Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles

Photos (49)

Discography

I'm Just a Lucky So and So

I'm Just a Lucky So...

HighNote Records
2019

buy
Remember Love

Remember Love

HighNote Records
2018

buy
Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

HighNote Records
2017

buy
Nice 'n' Easy

Nice 'n' Easy

HighNote Records
2013

buy
 

So Nice

HighNote Records
2012

buy
Moment to Moment

Moment to Moment

HighNote Records
2011

buy

Similar

Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
woodwind
Sonny Stitt Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Hank Mobley Hank Mobley
saxophone, tenor
Lou Donaldson Lou Donaldson
saxophone
Stanley Turrentine Stanley Turrentine
saxophone, tenor
Sonny Criss Sonny Criss
saxophone, alto

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.