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Ammons, Gene


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    • Ammons, Eugene
    • Ammons, Jug
    • Van, Skeetz
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    • found: His Jug & Sonny [SR] 1959:label (Gene Ammons) container (jazz saxophonist; a year younger than Sonny Stitt)
    • found: New Grove dict. of jazz, 1988(Ammons, Gene (Eugene; Jug); b. Chicago, Apr. 14, 1925; d. Chicago, Aug. 6, 1974)
    • found: Ammons, G. All star sessions [SR] 197-:label (Gene Ammons All Star Sextet)
    • found: De Curtis, E. Come back to Sorrento [SR] 1948:label (Skeetz Van)
    • found: All about jazz WWW site, Oct. 30, 2008:Jazz bulletin board; Talk jazz; Artists and bands (Gene Ammons; moonlighted during the recording ban of 1948, recording under the name of Skeets Van)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed June 15, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database:(Ammons, Gene; Eugene Ammons; “Jug”; saxophonist, bandleader, jazz musician; born 14 April 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, United States; studied music at Du Sable High School; played in the singer Billy Eckstine's big band, also known as the first bop big band (1944-1947); was featured in the movie “Rhythm in a Riff” (1946) and alongside the trumpeter Miles Davis in Chicago (1947); achieved immediate success with the tuneful blues “Red Top” (1947); replaced Stan Getz in Woody Herman's Second Herd (1949); co-led a quintet with Stitt mainly at Birdland, New York (1950-1955); finest recordings, made for the Prestige label, are two takes of “You Can Depend on Me” and three of “Blues Up and Down” (1950); recorded the outstanding album “Blue Gene” (1958); was convicted for possession of narcotics and sent to the Statesville Penitentiary near Joliet, Illinois (1958-1960); recorded the album “Boss Tenors” as co-leader with Stitt (1961); was arrested again (1962-1969); recorded two new albums, “The Boss Is Back” and “Brother Jug!”; performed at the Ahus Jazz Festival, Sweden (1974); died 06 August 1974 in Chicago, Illinois, United States)
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