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Sonny Stitt

Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), known professionally as Sonny Stitt, was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. Known for his warm tone, he was one of the best-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording more than 100 albums. He was nicknamed the "Lone Wolf" by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern because of his relentless touring and devotion to jazz. Stitt was sometimes viewed as a Charlie Parker mimic, especially earlier in his career, but gradually came to develop his own sound and style, particularly when performing on tenor saxophone.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 2nd, 1924 (Boston), Died July 22nd, 1982 (Washington, D.C.)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82532 3/24/1952 I'll walk alone Gene Ammons instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 82533 3/24/1952 Old folks Gene Ammons instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 82534 3/24/1952 Beezy Gene Ammons instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  
Decca 82535 3/24/1952 Somewhere along the way Gene Ammons instrumentalist, baritone saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stitt, Sonny," accessed October 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/345463.

Stitt, Sonny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/345463.

"Stitt, Sonny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/345463

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