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Earl Bostic (April 25, 1913 – October 28, 1965) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues alto saxophonist.

Bostic was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He turned professional at age 18 when he joined Terrence Holder's band. He made his first recording with Lionel Hampton in 1942 where he played along with Red Allen, J.C. Higginbotham, Sid Catlett, Teddy Wilson and Hampton. Before that he performed with Fate Marable on New Orleans riverboats. Bostic graduated from Xavier University in New… read more

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  • Avatar for DarkGoba
    i really enjoy it
  • Avatar for johnnyguitar55
    Make that five shouts... extraordinary. I'd say he was also a touchstone (alongside the likes of Louis Jordan) for the great rock'n'roll sax players like King Curtis and Lee Allen
  • Avatar for Nyasa_Lake
    Uh... four shouts? Really? That's it? Wow...
  • Avatar for avalemert
    I am always amazed at how many "sax" players do not know who Earl Bostic was. I am more than happy to tell them and I hope that they look him up as I did. What a sound, what technical and stylistic mastery. Just love his version of "Three Coins in a Fountain" and "Ebb Tide" gives me goosebumps!
  • Avatar for YeshuaTheGreat
    Uh... two shouts? Really? That's it? Wow...
  • Avatar for daicity
    Almost agree with Soulsaxman re.Parker and Bostic. It was Bostic's influence which pointed me to the Yardbird and that field of music, including Stan Kenton, Dizzie, Coltrane and J.J.Johnson.

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