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Budd Johnson


BUDD JOHNSON (saxophonist, composer, arranger) was born in Dallas, Texas on December 14, 1910 and passed away October 20, 1984 in New York City. Spanning the swing to bebop era, his associations include Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie, with his longest and most significant being Earl Hines. Moving to New York in 1994, Johnson played a pivotal role in the emerging bebop scene, organizing and playing in smaller jazz combos and encouraging Hines to hire some of the “young modernists”. He appeared with Coleman Hawkins on one of the first bop recordings in 1944. In later years he served as music director at Atlantic Records and as an educator. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.