Sonny Cohn performing in the late 1970s at the North Sea Jazz Festival
|Birth name||George T. Cohn|
|Born||March 14, 1925|
|Died||November 7, 2006(aged 81)|
|Associated acts||Red Saunders
Cohn joined Red Saunders' group in 1945, while Saunders was out of the Club DeLisa and working with a sextet instead of his usual mid-sized band. Fresh out of military service, he joined the Saunders group at the Capitol Lounge in Chicago; Leon Washington had recommended him. He was featured on Saunders' first recordings as a leader, for Savoy, Sultan, and (behind Big Joe Turner) on National. He was heard on the records that Saunders made for OKeh Records (1951–1953) and for Parrot and Blue Lake (1953–1954).
Sonny Cohn survived several downsizings of the Red Saunders band, as well as the closure of the Club DeLisa, but eventually accepted an offer from Count Basie, with whom he worked from 1960 through 1984. After Basie's death, Cohn returned to Chicago, where he remained active as a musician for another two decades.
Cohn died in November 2006 in his home town of Chicago, at the age of 81.
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With James Moody
- Last Train from Overbrook (Argo, 1958)