Gene Ammons
American musician
Gene Ammons
Eugene "Jug" Ammons also known as "The Boss," was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons.
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New releases showcase the common language of jazz - Columbia Daily Tribune
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Throughout, Krivda's tenor saxophone tone draws upon everyone from Ben Webster, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins to titans such as Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt and keystones Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. Yet, Krivda, like Werner, brings originality
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Cosa si fa stasera in città? Luis Bacalov a Monteveglio - La Repubblica
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... da Dexter Gordon e Wardel Gray a Sonny Stitt e Gene Ammons (ore 22, gratuito). Ricordando Celli e Bacchelli. Le figure e le opere di Riccardo Bacchelli e Giorgio Celli sono al centro della serata alla Casa dei Pensieri, alla Festa dell'Unità
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Hurricane Irene Evacuations: New York, North Carolina Prepare [PHOTOS] - International Business Times
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Villeda was helping Fayetteville resident Gene Ammons protect his beach home on the island for the incoming winds from Hurricane Irene. Shop workers Heather Smith (L) and Danielle Batchelor write on the shop's boards at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Saxophonists Detroit Tenors duel bop-style at Dirty Dog - The Detroit News
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Indeed, the annals of tussling tenors include some of the brightest names in jazz: Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray, Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. And the tradition continues today in noted pairings like Joe
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The Listings
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Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/jazz. - J. D. Allen Trio (Tuesday through Thursday) This year the post-Coltrane tenor saxophonist J. D. Allen released a righteous album, ''Victory!'' (Sunnyside), that documents the continuing growth of his trio with the bassist Gregg August and the drummer Rudy Royston. The band is making its
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Jazz Listings for Aug. 19-25 - New York Times
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(Chinen) Celebrating Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt (Friday and Saturday) The saxophonists named in this tribute engagement were famously gutsy sparring partners on the bandstand and a handful of albums. Filling their proverbial shoes are Eric Alexander
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14-CD Sun Ra Boxed Set Due - JazzTimes Magazine
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... the Sun Ra Bebop Band live at Bud Land in 1956, a rare live performance at the Pershing Ballroom featuring Pat Patrick (baritone sax), Gene Ammons (tenor sax), JJ Johnson (trombone), Sun Ra (piano), Ronnie Boykins (bass) and Robert Barry (drums),
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The Asset Seizure Scam - CounterPunch
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I used to sit nodding out in a chair in the back, digging Gene Ammons 45s on the jukebox and listening to the cats talk, paying special attention when they would refer to some of the many, many things that were then well beyond my personal knowledge or
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THE WEEK AHEAD; July 31 -- Aug. 6
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Dance Jack Anderson Summer dance often involves agile limbs that appear to beat the heat. But the best such events combine bodily buoyancy with mental ingenuity. Two groups at the JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL surely will do that. The title of ''3e Étage: Soloists and Dancers From the Paris Opera Ballet'' may mean more to Parisians than to
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Dai Grammy alla Casa del Jazz: Joe Lovano a Roma con gli Us Five - Online-News
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Nella sua evoluzione da strumentista, Lovano ha assimilato le lezioni di Coltrane e dell'avanguardia, pur conservando nei suoni le spesse tinte del bop del Midwest, quello di Gene Ammons e di Johnny Griffin. Un processo avvenuto non per sostituzione ma
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2011 私房與推薦(二) - 中時電子報
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一舉成名天下知,Nelson 以編曲家身分為更多爵士樂手製作專輯,包括Cannonball Adderley、Sonny Rollins、Eddie Davis、Johnny Hodges、Wes Montgomery、Buddy Rich、Jimmy Smith、Billy Taylor、Stanley Turrentine、Irene Reid、Gene Ammons 等,他對於爵士大樂團的貢獻
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Giacomo Gates Opens Monday Night Jazz July 11 - Hartford Courant
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Like some of his bop mentors, Gates loves to translate classic instrumental solos into vocalese, including iconic choruses by Lee Morgan, Chet Baker, Gene Ammons and Charlie Rouse, among others, often writing original lyrics for his probing
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Tom Braxton to take stage at Hilton during Juneteenth - My West Texas
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"He played a lot of the classic jazz from Miles Davis to Count Basie and Gene Ammons. And he played a lot of just great music around the house." His father hasn't retired as a musician. When Braxton performs here during the annual Juneteenth
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Four Generations of Miles at the Dakota, May 24-25 - Jazz Police (blog)
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He was playing with Jimmy Heath while still in high school, and shortly after graduation was working with Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. Later he was hired by Dakota Staton, and over time appeared with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter,
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RIP Bra Zim. - NewsTime
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He listened to the likes of Hank Crawford and Gene Ammons, but is emphatic that everything changed when he was introduced to John Coltrane's recording of Expressions, which switched on to New Things at Newport by Archie Shepp and then to what has
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Rufus Reid and Out Front in “Hues of a Different Blue” (2011, Motema) - Jazz Police
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He's shared the stage with legends Gene Ammons, Kenny Dorham, Philly Joe Jones, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Farmer, among others; today he's often associated with Lee Konitz, Roni Ben-Hur,
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Pot, Music and the Feds - CounterPunch
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... heroin and other illegalized substances — a list that includes Mezz Mezzrow, Prez, Dexter Gordon, Hampton Hawes, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and the great tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, who served a seven-year stretch in the Illinois penitentiary for
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Hyde Park Jazz Festival bulks up for the fall - Chicago Tribune
Google News - almost 6 years
... Kevin Nabors, Tribute to Gene Ammons (with Eric Schneider, Ari Brown and Hank Ford) and "The Three Ellas" (Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee and Spider Saloff). Returning venues will include Court Theatre, Hyde Park Art Center and Little Black Pearl
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gene Ammons
    FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 48
    Ammons died in Chicago in 1974, at the age of 49, from cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Ammons and Von Freeman were the founders of the Chicago school of tenor saxophone. Ammons's style of playing showed influences from Lester Young as well as Ben Webster. These artists had helped develop the sound of the tenor saxophone to higher levels of expressiveness. Ammons, together with Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, helped integrate their developments with the emerging "vernacular" of the bebop movement, and the chromaticism and rhythmic variety of Charlie Parker is evident in his playing. While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Young, Webster or Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day. For example, in 1950 the saxophonist's recording of "My Foolish Heart" made Billboard Magazine's black pop charts. The soul jazz movement of the mid-1960s, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts him as a founder. With a thicker, warmer tone than Stitt or Gordon, Ammons could at will exploit a vast range of textures on the instrument, vocalizing it in ways that look forward to later artists like Stanley Turrentine, Houston Person, and even Archie Shepp. Ammons showed little interest, however, in the modal jazz of John Coltrane, Joe Henderson or Wayne Shorter that was emerging at the same time.
  • 1969
    Age 43
    After his release from prison in 1969, having served a seven-year sentence at Joliet penitentiary, he signed the largest contract ever offered at that time by Prestige's Bob Weinstock.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 32
    His later career was interrupted by two prison sentences for narcotics possession, the first from 1958 to 1960, the second from 1962 to 1969.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded as a leader for Mercury (1947–1949), Aristocrat (1948–1950), Chess (1950–1951), Prestige (1950–1952), Decca (1952), and United (1952–1953). For the rest of his career, he was affiliated with Prestige.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 23
    In 1949 Ammons replaced Stan Getz as a member of Woody Herman's Second Herd, and then in 1950 formed a duet with Sonny Stitt.
    More Details Hide Details The 1950s were a prolific period for Ammons and produced some acclaimed recordings such as "The Happy Blues" (1955). Musicians who played in his groups, apart from Stitt, included Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Mal Waldron, Art Farmer, and Duke Jordan.
  • 1947
    Age 21
    After 1947, when Eckstine became a solo performer, Ammons then led a group, including Miles Davis and Sonny Stitt, that performed at Chicago's Jumptown Club.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 18
    In 1944 he joined the band of Billy Eckstine (who bestowed on him the nickname "Jug" when straw hats ordered for the band did not fit), playing alongside Charlie Parker and later Dexter Gordon.
    More Details Hide Details Notable performances from this period include "Blowin' the Blues Away," featuring a saxophone duel between Ammons and Gordon.
  • 1943
    Age 17
    Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ammons studied music with instructor Walter Dyett at DuSable High School. Ammons began to gain recognition while still at high school when in 1943, at the age of 18, he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax's band.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on April 14, 1925.
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