Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday from Hot House Florida, Houston Person!

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(from Wikipedia)
Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. Person is also known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982.

Contrary to popular belief, he was never married to the late singer Etta Jones, but did spend many years as her musical partner, recording, performing and touring. They first met playing in organist Johnny Hammond's band.

He grew up in Florence, S.C., studied at the state college there, was later named to the school's Hall of Fame in 1999, and continued his studies at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT. Earlier, in the U.S. Air Force, he played with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, and Leo Wright.

He has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and is currently with High Note Records. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Bill Charlap,Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Billy Butler, and more.

(from HHF)
He is also one heck of a fine gentleman with a great sense of humor!

Be sure to check out Houston’s new CD compilation:

And also, Happy Birthday to:
Paul Bley, Born 1932. Andrew Cyrille, Born 1939. John La Barbera, Born 1945. Hubert Laws, Born 1939.

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