Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt

About Sonny Stitt

Although he is often classified as a disciple of Charlie Parker, alto (and tenor) saxophonist Sonny Stitt was an important player in the bop and post-bop eras, one who recorded extensively and eventually developed his own distinctive style. Stitt came on the scene in the 1940s, playing in the bands of Tiny Bradshaw, Billy Eckstine, and Dizzy Gillespie. In fact, Stitt played with just about all of the era’s greats, including Gene Ammons, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. He first recorded as a leader in 1948 (ALL GOD’S CHILLEN GOT RHYTHM), and continued to release albums at a staggering pace, sometimes as many as six or seven a year, until his death in the ‘80s.

  • HOMETOWN
    Boston, MA
  • BORN
    February 2, 1924

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