Ralph Sutton

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Ralph Sutton
Birth name Ralph Earl Sutton
Born November 4, 1922
Origin Hamburg, Missouri
Died December 30, 2001
Genres Jazz
Instruments piano
Labels Arbors Records
Associated acts Bob Scobey

Ralph Earl Sutton (November 4, 1922 – December 30, 2001) was an American jazz pianist born in Hamburg, Missouri. He was a stride pianist in the tradition of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.

Sutton had a stint as a session musician with Jack Teagarden's band before joining the US Army during World War II. After the war, he played at various venues in Missouri, eventually ending up at Eddie Condon's club in Greenwich Village. In 1956, he relocated to San Francisco, California, where he recorded several albums with Bob Scobey's dixieland band. From the 1960s onward, he worked mostly on his own.

He died in 2001 and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame the following year. Sutton died in Evergreen, Colorado.


As leader[edit]

  • Backroom piano Piano solos (( Columbia Records 33CX 10061 Clef series))Unknown date
  • Piano Solos In The Classic Jazz Tradition (Riverside Records, 1949 & 1952)
  • Wondrous Piano, The Private Family Recordings, (Arbors Records, 1961)*Ralph Sutton at St. George Church, England (Arbors Records, 1992)
  • Ralph Sutton "off the cuff" Audiophile AP-163 Recorded April 17, 1976

As sideman[edit]

With Johnny Varro

With Ruby Braff

With Dick Cary

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Sadler, Jack. Ralph Sutton. [Montréal, Qué.: Montréal Vintage Music Society], 1977. N.B.: Consists of a chronology of Sutton's career and a discography of his recordings.