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Biography

Sonny Red (born Sylvester Kyner Jr., December 17, 1932, Detroit – March 20, 1981, Detroit) was an American jazz alto saxophonist associated with the hard bop idiom among other styles. He had some success in the 1960s but fell into obscurity by the late 1970s.

Sonny Red played with Art Blakey, Curtis Fuller, Paul Quinichette, Donald Byrd, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Wynton Kelly, Billy Higgins, and Cedar Walton. He made two albums as a leader in 1961. Both were released by Jazzland Recordings, a subsidiary of Riverside Records.

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