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     Johnny Griffin

Real name: John Arnold Griffin III.
Born: Apr 24, 1928 in Chicago, IL.
Died: July 25, 2008
Genres: Jazz
Styles: Hard Bop, Bop
Instruments: Sax (Tenor)

One of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, Johnny Griffin will go down in the annals of jazz as a performer easily able to negotiate the tricky harmonic changes and swift tempos of modern music. He'll also be remembered as a player who could masterfully interpret tender ballads, rivaling Ben Webster in that regard.

Born John Arnold Griffin III in Chicago, IL, on April 24, 1928, he resided on the south side of the Second City with his mother, who was a singer, and father, who played cornet. An adolescent Griffin heard Gene Ammons play in the big band of King Kolax. Two years later he picked up an alto saxophone, and soon thereafter was working with bluesman T-Bone Walker. A student at DuSable High School, he was tutored by the legendary band director Captain Walter Dyett. Upon graduation, he toured with Lionel Hampton's big band, switched to the tenor sax, and moved to New York City. The late '40s saw Griffin honking his share of R&B with Joe Morris up to 1950, alongside the band of Jo Jones in 1950, and with Arnett Cobb in 1951. He enlisted in the armed services stationed in Hawaii, and played in an Army band.

After his military commitment, he returned to Chicago and was in the company of Thelonious Monk's various ensembles up to the mid-'60s. Griffin cut his Blue Note album Introducing Johnny Griffin in 1958, and that year formed a sextet with Detroiters Pepper Adams and Donald Byrd. He collaborated with pianists Bud Powell and Elmo Hope, was enlisted by Art Blakey briefly as a member of the Jazz Messengers, energized his solo recording career for the Riverside label, and obtained his nickname, The Little Giant, with that eponymously titled LP in 1959. His most famous and popular teaming was with fellow saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. Griffin also recorded the legendary A Blowin' Session for the Blue Note label with John Coltrane and Hank Mobley.

But Griffin grew weary of the U.S. and its apathy regarding jazz, so he became an expatriate. He was living in Paris, France, by 1963, and did many albums with European rhythm sections for the Storyville, Black Lion, and Steeplechase labels. He was also a charter member and chief soloist for many years in the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band alongside American and Continental standouts. The year 1975 was an important one for Griffin, who was featured with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie as documented in recordings of their sets at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He also collaborated with German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger and his fusion band Passport. In the late '70s, Griffin returned to the States to record for the Galaxy label, and toured with fellow expatriate tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

He left Paris for the countryside of the Netherlands to live on a farm, then headed to the Cote d'Azur in 1980, and in 1984 to rural Availles-Limouzine. In 1986 he was a member of the Paris Reunion Band with Woody Shaw, Dizzy Reece, Slide Hampton, and Kenny Drew, making one album for the Sonet label. During his time in France, Griffin recorded for the Antilles and Verve labels, including The Cat in 1991 and Chicago, New York, Paris in 1994. On the weeks of his birthday, Griffin made regular appearances at the Jazz Showcase back home in Chicago. In his later years he collaborated with pianist Martial Solal and saxophonist Steve Grossman. Griffin passed away at age 80 on July 25, 2008, at his home in Availles-Limouzine.

- Michael G. Nastos (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17999107 About on NPR Jazz Profile
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=7239 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
members.tripod.com/~hardbop/griffin.html Biography, music
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Griffin About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Griffin About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Johnny Griffin - 'A Blowing Session' - 1957, Blue Note, Galactic
 Johnny Griffin - 'Continent Bleu' - 2002, Orange Blue, Sony Music
 Johnny Griffin - 'Live: Autumn Leaves' - 2003, Gitanes Jazz
 Johnny Griffin - 'Lookin' At Monk' - 1998, OJC
 Johnny Griffin - 'Return Of The Griffin' - 1979, Galaxy
 Johnny Griffin - 'The Congregation' - 1957, Blue Note, RVG
 Johnny Griffin - 'The Kerry Dancers And Other Swinging Folk' - 1962, JVC
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Ray Brown - 'Summerwind' - 1998, Kingston Records
 Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - 'Battle Stations' - 1992, OJC
 Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - 'The Tenor Scene' - 1961, OJC, Prestige
  как соисполнитель ...
 Art Blakey - 'Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk' - 1957, WEA International
 Kenny Clarke - 'Our Kinda Strauss' - 1999, Rearward
 Kenny Clarke - 'Two Originals: All Blues. Sax No End' - 1994, MPS Records
 Anat Cohen - 'Noir' - 2007, Anzic Records
 Tadd Dameron - 'The Magic Touch' - 1992, OJC, Riverside
 Roberta Gambarini - 'So In Love' - 2009, EmArcy
 Dexter Gordon - 'Live At Carnegie Hall' - 1979, Columbia
 Bennie Green - 'Glidin' Along' - 1961, OJC
 Roy Hargrove - 'With The Tenors Of Our Time' - 1993, Verve
 Eddie Jefferson - 'Letters From Home' - 1962, OJC, Riverside
 Blue Mitchell - 'Plays For Lovers' - 2003, Riverside Records
 Thelonious Monk - 'Misterioso. Thelonious In Action' - 1958, Riverside
 Thelonious Monk - 'San Francisco Holiday' - 1992, Milestone
 Thelonious Monk - 'Thelonious In Action' - 1958, Riverside, OJC
 Wes Montgomery - 'Full House' - 1987, Riverside, OJC
 Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen - 'Those Who Were' - 1997, Polygram
 Melvin Rhyne - 'Organ-izing' - 1960, OJC
 Jimmy Smith - 'Hobo Flats. Keep On Comin'' - 2008, Verve
 Clark Terry - 'Serenade To A Bus Seat' - 1957, Concord Music, Riverside

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