Friday, July 25, 2008

Johnny Griffin: “My Little Suede Shoes”

Johnny Griffin died today at age 80. He was a bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist. Griffin was known as the "fastest tenor in the west", for the ease with which he could execute fast note runs with excellent intonation. He played with many of the big names in jazz since he starting performing in the 1940’s. His last concert, July 21, 2008 was played in Hyères, France.

The Johnny Griffin & Art Taylor Quintet performs “My Little Suede Shoes” above.

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