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 tendency to rarely work with the same musicians for long despite 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 and even occasionally baritone saxophone.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone saxophone, saxophone

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D6VB-2792 10-in. 9/5/1946 Epistrophy 52nd Street Boys ; Kenny Clarke Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor D6VB-2795 10-in. 9/5/1946 Royal roost 52nd Street Boys ; Kenny Clarke Jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
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 September 23, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/345463.

Stitt, Sonny. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 23, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/345463.

"Stitt, Sonny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 23 September 2023.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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