Charles Fowlkes

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Charles Fowlkes (16 February 1916 – 9 February 1980) was an American baritone saxophonist who was a member of the Count Basie Orchestra for over twenty-five years.

Born in New York City, Fowlkes studied alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and violin before settling on the baritone saxophone (he occasionally played flute). He spent most of his early career in New York, playing with Tiny Bradshaw (1938–1944), Lionel Hampton (1944–1948), and Arnett Cobb (1948–1951).

Fowlkes joined Basie's orchestra in 1953 and remained with it until his death. The only interruptions during his time with Basie were World War II and absences due to managing the career of his wife, vocalist Wini Brown.


With The Count Basie Orchestra

With Kenny Clarke

With Buck Clayton

With Stanley Cowell

With Al Grey

With Coleman Hawkins

With Milt Jackson

With Yusef Lateef

With Billy Taylor

Sources and external links[edit]

  • Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather, & Brian Priestley. Jazz: The Rough Guide. ISBN 1-85828-528-3
  • Charlie Fowlkes — brief biography by Eugene Chadbourne, for AllMusic.