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Red Holloway (1927-2012)

Tenor saxophonist Red Holloway passed last week at the age of 84.

Born James Holloway in 1927, he started playing banjo and harmonica, switching to tenor sax at 12. After graduating high school, Red attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music.
He joined the army at 19, eventually rising to become bandmaster for the U.S. Fifth Army Band. After completing his service, Holloway returned to Chicago and started playing with Yusef Lateef and Dexter Gordon as well as some of the biggest names in blues, Wille Dixon, Junior Parker and John Mayall.

Remaining in Chicago in the 50s, Holloway continued to play with top name talent. He worked with a wide array of musicians including, Billie Holiday, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Sonny Stitt, Lester Young and many more.

In the 60s Holloway began recording as a leader and played with organist Jack McDuff in a band that also featured a young George Benson.

Through the 70s and 80s, Red recorded and toured with John Mayall, amongst others, he recorded 2 albums with Sonny Stitt before Stitt's death and worked with Clark Terry.

Holloway's last record as a leader was 2009's "Meets the Bernhard Pichi Trio."

Red was a legend that left behind a fantastic catalogue of music, his loss will be felt by the entire jazz community.

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