Zoot Sims Lucky Thompson Tina Brooks Junior Cook Booker Ervin Harold Land
California born John Haley "Zoot" Sims plays in the lighter imaginative style of Lester Young. He worked with Benny Goodman and later joined the Woody Herman big band where he became one of the "Four Brothers" with Stan Getz, Serge Chaloff and Herbie Steward. He was later signed to the Pablo label. A legend whose style was molded by the bebop innovations. After sessions with Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Thompson made recodings with Milt Jackson and Oscar Pettiford before joining Miles Davis on the "Walkin'" sessions. He spent time in Europe in 60s and 70s but eventually dropped out of music alltogether. Harold Floyd "Tina"Brooks signed to Blue Note in the mid-50s and immediately made impact cutting The Sermon with Jimmy Smith. He recorded 4 albums under his own name but appeared alongside many leading hard boppers such as Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard and Kenny Burrell (on his all-star Blue Lights session). Born in Florida in 1934 Junior Cook stepped into the limelight when he joined Horace Silver's group in 1958 following a stint with Gillespie. After Silver he carried on with Blue Mitchell. However his first recording under his own name wasn't until 1961. He combines influences from Coltrane, Rollins and Wardel Gray First received acclaim in a Charles Mingus group of the late 1950s. He came into his own during the Sixties in a series of Prestige albums, the third of which, The Blues Book, defines his musical center. With the attributes of the best Texas tenors, he was immersed in the blues and they permeated everything he played. Resident in California and a youth friend of Eric Dolphy, Land was recruited into the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quartet in '54 succeeding Teddy Edwards. This firmly established his name and reputation and he was able to lead his own groups with Red Mitchell amongst others. He carried on playing until the late 90s
Teddy Edwards Stanley Turrentine Ike Quebec Warne Marsh Eddie Lockjaw Davis Yusef Lateef
Theodore Marcus Edwards was a West Coast based tenor giant who was influenced by Charlie Parker. He worked with Howard McGhee and was briefly a member of the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quartet in 1954. He also worked with Dexter Gordon, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan and Jimmy Smith. Edwards died 20 April 2003. Born in Pittsburgh and exponent of so called Soul-Jazz, Stanley Turrentine has achieved considerable commercial success during his Blue Note years in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Owner of a muscular yet flexible tone he started off with Tadd Demeron and Max Roach before attracting the attention of Alfred Lions at Blue Note. Ike Abrams Quebec worked with Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins in the 40s and had a hit with "Blue Harlem" early on. He later recorded for Blue Note and also worked for the label in an A&R capacity. At the same time guested on sessions with Grant Green, Sonny Clark and Jimmy Smith. A follower of the Lennie Tristano school. In the late 40s and early 50s, he made a number of recordings with partners such as Lee Konitz, among them "Wow" and "Crosscurrent". The 50s saw only occasional recordings with, among others, Art Pepper. He became more prominent in the 70s working with Supersax, Lew Tabackin and Konitz again. Tough tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis is a gutsy hard-driving swinger who displays raw lyricism and real energy in his playing. Admired by all his fellow musicians, he was for a while closely associated with the Count Basie band, but also formed small bands with fellow tenor player Johnny Griffin in the 60s and Roy Eldridge in the 70s. A virtuoso on a wide range of reed instruments, Yusef Lateef has introduced new sounds and blends of tone colors to audiences all over the world. He is a Grammy Award-winning composer, performer, recording artist, author, educator and philosopher who has been a major force on the international musical scene for more than six decades.