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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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Discography

 

Eight Classic Albums

Milestone Records
2012

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Don't Call Me Bird!

Don't Call Me Bird!

Fresh Sound Records
2008

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Move On Over...

Milestone Records
2007

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Sonny Stitt:...

Membran Records
2007

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Stitt's Bits: The...

Prestige Records
2006

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Stitt’s Bits: The Bebop Recordings (1949-1952)

Stitt’s Bits: The...

Concord Music Group
2006

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