Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
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Background information
Birth name Edward Davis
Also known as "Jaws"; "The Fox"[1]
Born (1922-03-02)March 2, 1922
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 3, 1986(1986-11-03) (aged 64)
Culver City, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz, swing, bop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Labels Prestige, Riverside, RCA Victor
Associated acts

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (March 2, 1922 – November 3, 1986) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.[2]

Biography[edit]

Davis played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Eddie Bonnemere, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings from the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues.

His 1946 band, Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, featured Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Huey Long,[3] Gene Ramey and Denzil Best.

In the 1950s he was playing with Sonny Stitt, while from 1960 to 1962 he and fellow tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin led a quintet. From the mid-1960s, Davis and Griffin also performed together as part of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, along with other, mainly European, jazz musicians.[4]

Davis died of cancer in Culver City, California, at the age of 64.[5]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

with Mildred Anderson

with Count Basie

With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With Arnett Cobb

with Red Garland

with Dizzy Gillespie

With Tiny Grimes

with Coleman Hawkins

with Al Smith

with Sonny Stitt

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence Koch and Barry Kernfeld. "Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis". In Macy, Laura. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Huey Long biography at Venus Hair, which establishes that this member of The Ink Spots was also the guitarist of Davis' Beboppers.
  4. ^ Kart, Larry (4 November 1986). "Tenor Saxophone Great Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis". Chicago Tribune. 
  5. ^ "Eddie (Lockjaw) Davis Dies; Saxophonist With Jazz Greats". The New York Times. Associated Press. 6 November 1986. 

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