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John Arnold Griffin III (April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008) was an American bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist.

Like many other successful musicians from Chicago, he studied music at DuSable High School under Walter Dyett. Griffin, was reputed to be the 'World's Fastest Saxophonist' in the jazz idiom, though as he aged, and as the jazz audience declined, this accolade all but disappeared. In the 1940s and 1950s he worked in Lionel Hampton's and Joe Morris's bands… read more

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  • Avatar for Ferdifand
    FUCK *o*
  • Avatar for kmullin
    a seriously good player. (especially with Monk.)
  • Avatar for cards4life
    "A Blowin' Session" is phenomenal!
  • Avatar for bernarducs
    griffin + trane + hank mobley + lee morgan + winton kelly + blakey + chambers = a blowin' session. u must lookn for
  • Avatar for Ant718
    Happy Birthday
  • Avatar for artsheff
    bullfroggreen, i meant live.
  • Avatar for bullfroggreen
    That was quite a while ago, artsheff. I am listening to him now.
  • Avatar for artsheff
    i listened to him on July 10th in 2008. love his 1959 album.
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    good stuff

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