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Johnny Griffin

Johnny Griffin

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birthday
24th
April, 1928
Death
25th
July, 2008
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Birth Sign
taurus
Biography

John Arnold Griffin III (April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Nicknamed “the Little Giant” for his short stature and forceful playing, Griffin’s career began in the early 1940s and continued until the month of his death. A pioneering figure in hard bop, Griffin recorded prolifically as a bandleader in addition to stints with pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Art Blakey, in partnership with fellow tenor Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and as a member of the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band after he moved to Europe in the 1960s. In 1995, Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.

instruments played
saxophone
Tenor
Associated Acts

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

Birth Name

John Arnold Griffin III

Genres

Jazz

Labels

Blue Note, Riverside

Occupations

Musician

Years Active

1940s 2008

Name

Johnny Griffin

Nationality

United States of America

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