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Houston person

Houston Person (born November 10, 1934 in Florence , South Carolina ) is an American tenor saxophonist of modern jazz .

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Houston Person grew up in Florence, South Carolina and studied at the State College there, then at the College of Music in Hartford , Connecticut . During his military service in Germany he played in the US Air Force Band a. a. with Don Ellis , Eddie Harris , Cedar Walton, and Leo Wright . Although Person has made many recordings in the hardbop and swing genre, he is best known for his numerous soul jazz- style records, with accompanists such as Cedar Walton, Pepper Adams and Curtis Fuller on his 1968 album "Blue Odyssey" In the mid-1960s he played in Johnny "Hammond" Smith's band and in the backing band of singer Etta Jones ; the collaboration with her would last until the 1990s. Person recorded over 75 albums under his own name for Prestige , Mercury , Savoy , Muse and later for High Note Records. In 1999 he recorded the album "Something in Common" for the Soul Note label as a duo with Ron Carter . He also worked as a record producer and worked on recordings as well as on tours with Lorez Alexandria , Ran Blake , Charles Brown , Charles Earland , Lena Horne , Joey DeFrancesco , Richard Groove Holmes , Junior Mance , Lou Rawls , Horace Silver , Dakota Staton and Billy Butler with.

After Richard Cook and Brian Morton, his saxophone playing is reminiscent of Coleman Hawkins and , stylistically, of Gene Ammons .


Person received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982 , and in 2003 together with Etta Jones the Jazzy Award of the Californian KCSM radio. His album Why Not (1990) won the Independent Jazz Record of the Year Award . The albums he produced, My Buddy: Etta Jones Sings the Songs of Buddy Johnston and Etta Jones Sings Lady Day , were nominated for a Grammy in 1999 and 2000 .

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