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In a career spanning over six decades, Johnny Griffin has carved out a reputation as one of hard bop s pioneering musicians. Dubbed the Little Giant due to his modest stature and hard-edged sound, his fast, controlled and harmonic style has featured on some of the finest records created within the genre. Although known for playing in support of many big names in jazz - Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey etc. - as well as for his partnership with fellow sax man Eddie Lockjaw Davis, it was as bandleader that Griffin produced his best work, with his output for Riverside Records in the late 1950s and early 1960s being considered his career highlight by most critics and fans. John Arnold Griffin III was born in Chicago, Illinois on 24th April 1924. He studied music at DuSable High School, progressing from clarinet to oboe then to alto saxophone, all under the tutelage of famed violinist and musical educator Walter Dyett. Johnny started his professional career at an early age, playing in the band of blues legend T-Bone Walker at 15, before joining Lionel Hampton s big band just three days after his High School graduation. It would be Hampton that encouraged the young Griffin to switch to tenor saxophone, which became his instrument of choice for the rest of his career, although he could be heard playing other saxes - including baritone - on occasion. Griffin made his first recordings in 1945 aged just 17, while still with Hampton. This four disc collection brings together the finest material Johnny Griffin released during his years on the Riverside label. Featuring eight fully-remastered albums, containing in total more than five hours of music, this set can serve as both a fitting introduction to this truly exceptional player, and a welcome reminder for jazz fans of what an inspiring and influential musician the man dubbed the fastest tenor in the west really was at this time.
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VOLUME TWO : 4CD set. Collects seven original albums, including "Johnny Griffin", "Battle Stations", "Studio Jazz Party", "The Tenor Scene", "White Gardenia", "The Kerry Dancers" and "Tough Tenor Favorites".

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    01/01/16 ,via Sydney Morning Herald

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  • The Little Giant

    2016. ISBN: 0955090857,9780955090851. 230 pages.

    Johnny Griffin, the Little Giant from the South Side of Chicago, remained a top jazz saxophonist throughout his 63-year playing career. He spent 45 years in Europe and was recognized internationally as a major jazz star with a readily identifiable style, an immense improvisational flair and an unfailing capacity to swing. Jazz writer Brian Priestley observed: 'Griffin is one of the fastest and most accurate ever on his instrument.'Griffin was an articulate, witty and entertaining conversationalist with an unending flow of anecdotal reminiscences about his days with Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, the Clarke-Boland Big Band and the variety of small groups he fronted over the years.The Little Giant is a light-hearted, irreverent and uninhibited look at the life of one of the most consummate musicians in recent jazz history. It was launched in London as part of Johnny Griffin's 80th birthday celebrations.

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    01/11/16 ,via Sports World Report.

    According to Pro Football Talk, Jerry Jones said that the team would consider "risk" options at the position and PFT writes that Johnny Manziel or Griffin could be in that category. The Redskins are going to try and work out a deal with Cousins and that ...

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    01/11/16 ,via The Inquisitr

    Plenty of rumors are swirling around the Dallas Cowboys and their search for an heir apparent to quarterback Tony Romo. The biggest buzz is that the Cowboys are interested (courtesy of The Sporting News) in embattled Cleveland Browns’ QB Johnny Manziel.

  • Film industry returns to NC in 2016

    01/10/16 ,via WNCN

    “Those series when they’re here are probably employing 90 to 95 percent local individuals on those productions,” explained Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. His job is to help recruit and keep films in the are


Johnny Griffin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Early life and career. Griffin studied music at DuSable High School in Chicago under Walter Dyett, starting out on clarinet before moving on to oboe and then alto sax.

Johnny Griffin | Biography, Albums, & Streaming Radio ...

Find Johnny Griffin bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming radio on AllMusic - Diminutive saxophonist dubbed "The Little Giant,"…

Johnny Griffin – Wikipedia

Leben. Griffin wuchs an der South Side von Chicago auf und ging auf die DuSable High School. Mit 12 Jahren begann er Altsaxophon zu spielen. In der Schule wurde er ...

Johnny Griffin Discography Project

Collector's Guides & Discographies. Johnny Griffin [John Arnold Griffin III] (b Chicago, IL, April 24, 1928; d Mauprevoir, France, July 25, 2008; aged 80) tenor ...

... Johnny Griffin Quartet. Lider to ikona jazzu, jeden z najbardziej

... Johnny Griffin Quartet. Lider to ikona jazzu, jeden z najbardziej

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Johnny Griffin: play it fast, play it blue - and play it now ...

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