Sonny Red

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Sonny Red
Born (1932-12-17)17 December 1932
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died 20 March 1981(1981-03-20) (aged 48)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto saxophonist

Sonny Red (born Sylvester Kyner Jr., December 17, 1932, Detroit – March 20, 1981, Detroit) was an American jazz alto saxophonist associated with the hard bop idiom among other styles. He had some success in the 1960s but fell into obscurity by the late 1970s.

Sonny Red played with Art Blakey, Curtis Fuller, Paul Quinichette, Donald Byrd, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Wynton Kelly, Billy Higgins, and Cedar Walton. He made two albums as a leader in 1961. Both were released by Jazzland Recordings, a subsidiary of Riverside Records.[1] [2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Donald Byrd

With Curtis Fuller

With Bill Hardman

  • Bill Hardman
  • Saying Something

With Yusef Lateef

With Pony Poindexter

With Paul Quinichette

With Bobby Timmons

With Frank Wess

  • Jazz Is Busting Out All Over (1957)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Sonny Red". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Svanoe, Anders (2007). "Bluesville: The Journey of Sonny Red". Annual Review of Jazz Studies. 13 (2003).