Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), known professionally as Sonny Stitt, was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. Known for his warm tone, he was one of the best-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording more than 100 albums. He was nicknamed the "Lone Wolf" by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern because of his relentless touring and devotion to jazz.
Sonny Stitt established himself on the American jazz scene in the 60's before making an impact on the UK jazz funk scene during the mid-70's. Prior to these recordings, Sonny Stitt recorded in the 40's for Tiny Bradshaw's band. Em Grupos: Art Blakey Quartet, Be Bop Boys, Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Sextet, Gene Ammons - Sonny Stitt Quintet, Gene Ammons And His Band, Gene Ammons Sextet, .
Sonny was given up for adoption in 1924 by his father. No one seems to know why Boatner gave his son away, but the child was adopted by the Stitts family, who raised him in Saginaw, Michigan. He later began calling himself "Sonny".
Edward "Sonny" Stitt (born Edward Boatner, J. February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. He was one of the most well-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording over 100 albums. He was nicknamed the "Lone Wolf" by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern, in reference to his relentless touring and devotion to jazz. Edward Boatner was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Saginaw, Michigan.
Stitt later played in Dizzy Gillespie's big band and sextet. He began on tenor and baritone in 1949, and at times was in a two-tenor unit with Ammons. He recorded with Bud Powell and . Johnson for Prestige in 1949, then did several albums on Prestige, Argo, and Verve in the '50s and '60s. He continued playing and recording in the early '80s, recording for Muse, Sonet, and Who's Who in Jazz. He suffered a heart attack and died in 1982.
Edward Sonny Stitt, (1924-1982), was an American jazz saxophonist active from 1941 until his death in 1982. There is a paucity of information written about Stitt’s life and the music he created. Stitt was often cast as a clone of jazz saxophonist Charlie Bird Parker, in both the popular press and academic sources. To date, just one academic document analyzes Stitt’s approach to improvisation and that work is drawn from Stitt’s performances as a tenor saxophonist.
Sonny Stitt is an eponymous album by saxophonist Sonny Stitt recorded in Chicago in 1958 and originally released on the Argo label. Jack Spratt (fictional detective), a character in novels by Jasper Fforde. Jack Sprat, 1982 album by Yellowman, and title track written by W. Foster. Jack Spratt", a jazz track by Sonny Stitt on Sonny Stitt (album). Now! is a 1963 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, his first of two albums released by Impulse! Records.