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date: 16 November 2019

Davis, Eddie “Lockjaw” [Davis, Eddie [Edward]; Lockjaw; Jaws; the Fox]locked

  • Marcello Piras

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[Davis, Eddie [Edward]; Lockjaw; Jaws; the Fox]

(b New York, NY, March 2, 1922; d Culver City, CA, Nov 3, 1986). American tenor saxophonist and composer. Self-taught, he took part in jam sessions in the late 1930s at Monroe’s Uptown House in New York. He subsequently played with Cootie Williams (1942–4), Lucky Millinder (1944), Andy Kirk (1945–6), and Louis Armstrong and led his own groups, some of which included such major beboppers as Fats Navarro (1946), while others leaned more toward rhythm and blues, a genre he pioneered. He had three stints with Count Basie (1952–3, 1957, 1964–73), led a popular trio with the organist Shirley Scott (1955–60), and led a two-saxophone quintet with Johnny Griffin (1960–62). After moving to Las Vegas in 1973 he toured internationally both as a soloist and as a leader, in particular co-leading a quintet with Harry “Sweets” Edison (...

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