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November 20, 2008 Only a few days after the release of the album Smokin' Sax, and before a date to promote it, saxophonist Johnny Griffin died at age 80 at his chateau in Availles-Limouzine, France. Hear his final U.S. homecoming at the Village Vanguard, recorded live by JazzSet
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July 29, 2008 Dee Dee Bridgewater says the tenor saxophonist was the "epitome of a bygone era of legendary jazz musicians — dapper, suave, debonair, classy, hip, and he could tell a mean joke." Bridgewater and pianist Michael Weiss celebrate Johnny Griffin's life.
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July 25, 2008 Once billed as the "world's fastest saxophonist," the Chicago native played in the bands of Lionel Hampton and Thelonious Monk. He was known as one of the strongest and most proficient exponents of hard-swinging bebop traditions.
November 19, 2007 Retailers everywhere already have December holiday music playing constantly. Isn't there a soundtrack for the November holiday, too? There is now. Enjoy a cornucopia of jazz that celebrates family, friends and food, featuring Louis Armstrong.
November 17, 2003 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new release by tenor sax player Johnny Griffin and pianist Horace Parlan, Close Your Eyes.
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