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Edward “Sonny” Stitt (born Edward Boatner, Jr., February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. He was one of the most well-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording over 100 albums. He was nicknamed the “Lone Wolf” by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern, in reference to his relentless touring and devotion to jazz.

Early life

Edward Boatner was born in Boston, Massachusetts[1] and grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. He had a musical background; his father, Edward Boatner, was a baritone singer, composer and college music professor, his brother was a classically trained pianist, and his mother was a piano teacher.[1] Boatner was soon adopted by another family, the Stitts, who gave him his new surname. He later began calling himself “Sonny”.
In 1943, Stitt first met Charlie Parker, and as he often later recalled, the two men found that their styles had an extraordinary similarity that was partly coincidental and not merely due to Stitt’s emulation. Stitt’s improvisations were more melodic/less dissonant than those of Parker. Stitt’s earliest recordings were made in 1945 with Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. He had also played in some swing bands, though he mainly played in bop bands. Stitt was featured in Tiny Bradshaw’s big band in the early forties. Stitt replaced Charlie Parker in Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1945.[2]


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  • Cat_007

    pls, vote -

    19 Jan 8:49am Reply
  • Cat_007

    Mr.Bojangles amazing...

    18 Jan 9:50am Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    A la droite de Blackbird !

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • marfisu

    creo que escuchar esto lo hace a uno muy feliz. Que buena música.menos mal que existe..

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • WilliamStonier

    Happy Birthday Stitt, your music will be remembered for an eternity

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • WilliamStonier

    Probably right up their as being my favourite saxophonist.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Mr_Oldschool

    From first listen, I can tell that this guy was completely devoted to his instrument. A master of his craft, that's for sure. So much music, so little time :] ...

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • aristamair

    Classic Sonny!!

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Blow that sax, Lone Wolf!

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • aupsjm

    one day my prince has come

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
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    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • kmullin

    i dont see anything wrong with ‘quintessential saxophonist of the bebop idiom’. sounds type jazz liner note hyperbole.

    26 May 2011 Reply
  • slimdrow

    very soulful and melodic playing...

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • zoborey

    he has a perfect tone..addicted

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Wi11s0n

    studio. it's fantastic

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • menesquencia

    good soils

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • oseland

    "quintessential saxophonist of the bebop idiom?" i hope that was written by someone for whom english is not a primary language, not by someone showing off their word of the day calendar. a hilariously bad sentence.

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • gzerenia

    If you ever get to hear "Where is Love" on the Goin' Down Slow album, it's one of his best recordings ever. Stitt is the man - I don't think any sax player has ever matched his raw technique even though sometimes his solos sometimes sound like his typical licks strung together. "Where is Love" is not one of those typical solos, though.

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Ism_Dvs

    Tremendo y Cool e imaginativo, Genial. su versión de autumn in new york es excelente en su estilo Parkeriano.

    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MirkoFait

    Bikers who loves music...

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
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