Houston Person

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

Life and work

Houston Person grew up in Florence, South Carolina, and studied at the State College, then at the College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. During his military service in Germany, he played in the U.S. Air Force Band, among others with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, and Leo Wright. Although person took up a lot of shots in the hard bop and swing genre, he was primarily known for its many recordings in soul jazz style, with accompanying musicians such as Cedar Walton, Pepper Adams and Curtis Fuller in his album " Blue Odyssey of the year 1968. the mid-1960s he played in the band of Johnny " Hammond " Smith and the backing vocalist Etta Jones, working with her to last until the 1990s person took during his career over 75 albums under his own name for prestige., Mercury, Savoy, Muse and later for high Note Records on. 1999, he took in a duo with Ron Carter album "Something in Common" for the Soul Note label on. he also worked as a record producer and he was involved in recordings and on tours Lorez Alexandria at, Ran Blake, Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Joey DeFrancesco, Richard Groove Holmes, Junior Mance, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton and Billy Butler.

His saxophone playing reminded by Richard Cook and Brian Morton Coleman Hawkins, styled like Gene Ammons.


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

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Trust in Me (1967, Prestige ) with Cedar Walton, Alan Dawson, Bob Cranshaw, Paul Chambers
  • Goodness! (1969, Prestige ) with Sonny Phillips (org ) Billy Butler ( g)
  • The Truth (1970, Prestige )
  • The Big Horn (1976, Muse)
  • Very Personal (1980, Muse)
  • The Party (1989, Muse)
  • Why Not! (1990, Muse) with Ron Carter,
  • Person -ified (1996, High Note ) with Richard Wynands, Ray Drummond, Kenny Washington
  • (, High Note 1998) ditto My Romance
  • The Opening Round (Savant, 1997) with Joey DeFrancesco
  • To Etta with Love ( High Note, 2004) with Stanhope, Paul Boll Back, Per- Ola Gadd
  • All Soul ( High Note, 2005) with Stanhope, Randy Jonston
  • Nice 'n' Easy ( High Note, 2013) with John di Martino, Chuck Redd, Ray Drummond, Lewis Nash

Links / sources

  • Detailed portrait at jazzpolice.com
  • Portrait at Hard Bop Homepage
  • Interview
  • Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley: " Jazz: The Rough Guide ", Stuttgart, Metzler 1999, 2nd Edition 2004 ISBN 347601892X (English Edition Rough Guides, 2007 ISBN 1843532565 ).
  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Edition, London, Penguin, 2002 ISBN 0-14-017949-6.
  • Jazz saxophonist
  • American musician
  • Born in 1934
  • Man