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Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Edward Davis (March 2, 1922–November 3, 1986), who performed and recorded as Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

He played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings of the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues.

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was a pioneer of the tenor-and-organ combo, between 1955-60, he toured and recorded with a unit featuring Shirley Scott on the Hammond B3. His Very Saxy album is a must have.

His association with another Tenor man, Johnny Griffin in the early 60’s made for some really swinging hard bop. The Tenor Scene, and Live At Mintons are two examples of this great combo.

Very Saxy

Very Saxy

The Tenor Scene

The Tenor Scene

Live At Mintons

Live At Mintons


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