Sonny Criss

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Birthday
23, 1927
Birthplace
Memphis, TN
Death Date
Nov 19, 1977 (50)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
23, 1927
Birthplace
Memphis, TN
Death Date
Nov 19, 1977 (50)

About

Influential bebop alto saxophonist who was leader on twenty recordings over the course of his life. He played with Johnny Otis, among other popular artists.

Before Fame

He moved to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen and started playing in Howard McGhee's band.

Trivia

He signed with Imperial Records in 1956 after working with Norman Granz on some jam sessions.

Family Life

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

Associated With

Criss was largely influenced by the bop style of Charlie Parker.