Red Holloway

Red Holloway (actually James Wesley Holloway, born May 31, 1927 in Helena, Arkansas; † 24 February 2012) was an American blues and jazz saxophonist and singer.


"Red" Holloway grew up in Chicago and had first lessons from his mother, a Kirchenorganistin. He first played banjo and harmonica, then switched to tenor saxophone when he was twelve years old. At the DuSable High School, he played in the school 's big band with Johnny Griffin and Eugene Wright; He then studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. During his military service he played in the U.S. Fifth Army Band, then returned to Chicago, where he played among others with Yusef Lateef and Dexter Gordon.

In 1948 he accompanied the blues singer Roosevelt Sykes ( who was a school friend of his mother ) and played later on with the other blues musicians as Willie Dixon, Junior Parker, Lloyd Price and John Mayall.

In the 1950s, Holloway worked primarily in the Chicago area, where he worked with Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Dakota Staton, Eddie " Cleanhead " Vinson, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, BB King, Bobby Bland and Aretha Franklin occurred. He also went with Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim and Lionel Hampton on tour.

From 1963 to 1966 he was a member of the band Brother Jack McDuff of the organist, in the then played George Benson. In 1964 an album under his own name, Brother Red on Prestige Records, on which also McDuff and Benson participated. In other Prestige albums this time, Lonnie Smith, John Patton, Eric Gale and Leonard Gaskin played with Holloway; the recordings later appeared as Legends of Acid Jazz.

Holloway worked from 1977 to 1982 with Sonny Stitt, with whom he recorded two albums; according to Stitt's death, he played in the band by Clark Terry ( Having Fun, 1990).

The mid-1980s began Holloway, a series of albums for the Steeplechase, then take for the Concord label, where guest musicians like Horace Parlan, Cedar Walton, Phil Upchurch, Harry Sweets Edison and Jesper Lundgaard participated. 1993/94 he plays with on two albums by Horace Silver. He last lived in Cambria (California ), and died in February 2012 from the effects of a stroke.

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Brother Red ( Prestige, 1964)
  • Nica 's Dream ( Steeplechase, 1984)
  • Red Holloway & Company ( Concord Jazz, 1987)
  • Locksmith Blues ( Concord Jazz, 1989)
  • Keep that Groove Going! ( Milestone, 1985)
  • Mojo Blues Band: Rhythm & Blues Party feat. Red Holloway (1995 )
  • Day Dream - Red Holloway - TC Pfeiler ( Tonewheel Records, 1997)
  • "Red and Blue" - The Music of Al Sears and Jimmy " T99 " Nelson - The Blue Flagships meet Red Holloway ( Styx Records, 2011)