Mobley, Hank [Henry ]
- Kenny Mathieson
(b Eastman, GA, July 7, 1930; d Philadelphia, PA, May 30, 1986). American jazz tenor saxophonist. He grew up in New Jersey in a musical family and started piano as a child. He bought an alto saxophone at 16, then switched to tenor. His models included Lester Young and Dexter Gordon, and he developed a light, supple sound that drew on the style of both of those players. Mobley played in Paul Gayten’s rhythm and blues band (1949–51) and briefly with Duke Ellington (1953). He worked with Max Roach and with Dizzy Gillespie (1954) before joining the Horace Silver group which under Art Blakey’s leadership became known as the Jazz Messengers (1954–6). He worked again with Silver and Roach, then with Thelonious Monk before playing with the Messengers briefly in 1959. Mobley made his recording debut as a leader for Blue Note in ...