Red Holloway

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Red Holloway
Red Holloway photo.jpg
Holloway performing in 2008
Background information
Birth name James Wesley Holloway
Born (1927-05-31)May 31, 1927
Helena, Arkansas, US
Died February 25, 2012(2012-02-25) (aged 84)
Morro Bay, California
Genres Jazz, bebop, hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone

James Wesley "Red" Holloway (May 31, 1927 – February 25, 2012)[1] was an American jazz saxophonist.

Biography[edit]

Born in Helena, Arkansas,[2] Holloway started playing banjo and harmonica, switching to tenor saxophone when he was 12 years old. He graduated from DuSable High School,[3] where he had played in the school big band with Johnny Griffin and Eugene Wright, and attended the Conservatory of Music, Chicago. He joined the Army when he was 19 and became bandmaster for the U.S. Fifth Army Band, and after completing his military service returned to Chicago and played with Yusef Lateef and Dexter Gordon, among others. In 1948 he joined blues vocalist Roosevelt Sykes, and later played with other rhythm & blues musicians such as Willie Dixon, Junior Parker, and Lloyd Price.

In the 1950s he played in the Chicago area with Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Dakota Staton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and Aretha Franklin. During this period, he also toured with Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim and Lionel Hampton. He became a member of the house band for Chance Records in 1952. He subsequently appeared on many recording sessions for the Chicago-based independents Parrot, United and States, and Vee-Jay.[4]

From 1963 to 1966, he was in organist "Brother" Jack McDuff's band, which also featured a young guitarist, George Benson. In 1974, Holloway recorded The Latest Edition with John Mayall and toured Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. From 1977 to 1982, Holloway worked with Sonny Stitt, recording two albums together, and following Stitt's death, Holloway played and recorded with Clark Terry.

Red Holloway died in Morro Bay, California,[2][5] aged 84 of a stroke and kidney failure[6] on February 25, 2012, one month after Etta James, with whom he had worked extensively.[7] His interment is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • The Best of Red Holloway & The Soul Organ Giants with Brother Jack McDuff & Lonnie Smith (Prestige, 1970) also with Big John Patton; contains two tracks from each album: The Burner (with Patton), Cookin' Together (with McDuff), Red Soul (with Smith).
  • Legends of Acid Jazz: Red Holloway (Prestige, 1998) (compilation of The Burner + Red Soul)

As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With George Benson

With Joe Dukes

  • The Soulful Drums of Joe Dukes (Prestige, 1964) with Jack McDuff, George Benson

With Jack McDuff

With John Mayall

With Wade Marcus

With Joe Williams

  • Nothin' but the Blues (Delos, 1983) -with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jack McDuff, Phil Upchurch

With Etta James and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

  • Blues In The Night: The Early Show (Fantasy, 1986) with Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis
  • The Late Show: Blues In The Night, Volume 2 (Fantasy, 1987) with Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis

With Carmen McRae

With Atle Hammer

With Knut Riisnæs

With Clark Terry

  • Squeeze Me (Chiaroscuro, 1989 [rel. 1991])
  • Top and Bottom: Live at the 1995 Floating Jazz Festival (Chiaroscuro, 1997)

With Freddy Cole

  • Live at Birdland West (LaserLight, 1992) with Jerry Byrd

With Horace Silver

With Junior Mance

  • The Floating Jazz Festival Trio [live] (Chiaroscuro, 1997, [rel. 1999]) with Henry Johnson

With Etta James

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Vacher, "Red Holloway obituary", The Guardian, February 29, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Daniel E. Slotnik, "Red Holloway, Swinger of the Sax, Dies at 84", The New York Times, February 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Red Holloway" (obituary), The Daily Telegraph, February 28, 2012.
  4. ^ The Al Smith Discography Part I. Accessed August 24, 2009
  5. ^ Heckman, Don (2012-02-27). "Highly regarded L.A. tenor, alto saxophonist played with A-list stars". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 
  6. ^ Scott Yanow, Artist Biography, Allmusic.
  7. ^ Jeff Tamarkin, "Saxophonist Red Holloway Dead at 84" Archived 2013-03-27 at the Wayback Machine., Jazz Times, February 25, 2012.

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