Guy Lafitte

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Guy Lafitte
Monument in Saint-Gaudens
Background information
Born (1927-01-12)January 12, 1927
Saint-Gaudens, France
Died July 11, 1998(1998-07-11) (aged 71)
Genres Jazz, swing
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments tenor saxophone
Labels EmArcy, Columbia, Black & Blue

Guy Lafitte (12 January 1927 – 11 July 1998) was a French jazz tenor saxophonist born at Saint-Gaudens, France, most notable for his work with Mezz Mezzrow from 1951–1952 and having toured with Big Bill Broonzy in 1951.

In 1954 Lafitte made Paris his home, and worked with Lionel Hampton and Emmett Berry. Lafitte had also been a collaborator on various other projects with musicians such as Wild Bill Davis and Bill Coleman.


As sideman[edit]

  • Arnett Cobb Quintet: Live! (Black & Blue, 1980)
  • Bill Coleman Quintett with Guy Lafitte: Lions Abroad Vol. 3 – A Lion in Paris (Black Lion, 1973) Bill Coleman - Ben Webster - Guy Lafitte (Jazz Colours, 1973)
  • Lionel Hampton: Paris Session 1956 (EMI)
  • Peanuts Holland Sextet: Jazz in Paris: Peanuts Holland – Buck Clayton – Charlie Singleton (EmArcy, 1954)
  • Sammy Price Quintet: Le Jazz en France – Vol. 14 – Boogie Woogie a la Parisienne (Pathé, 1956)
  • Lucky Thompson Sextet: Lucky Thompson (Swing, 1956)
  • Pierre Boussaguet: Trio Europa (EmArcy, 1998)


  • Richard Morton & Brian Cook: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, Sixth Edition, London, Penguin, 2001