Inductee Spotlight: Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt was a masterful blues and ballad player and was a known influence on John Coltrane.
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New England Jazz Hall of Fame 2001

Here, in the order, in which they finished in the voting, are the first 10 jazz artists elected to the New England Jazz Hall of Fame.

Johnny Hodges
Johnny Hodges
b. July 25, 1907, Cambridge, MA; d. May 11, 1970

Longtime Duke Ellington lead alto player John Cornelius "Rabbit" Hodges is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest solo instrumentalists ever.

 
(Photo by Jack Bradley)
Alan Dawson
Alan Dawson
b. July 14, 1929, Marietta, PA; d. Feb. 23, 1996

Dawson, whose highest priorities were his family and his students, was the first drummer called by virtually every top touring jazz musician who came to Boston.

 
(Photo by Nick Puopolo)
Harry Carney
Harry Carney
b. April 1, 1910, Boston; d. Oct. 8, 1974

Considered to possess one of the most distinctive sounds in the history of jazz, this baritone-saxophonist worked with Duke Ellington for over 46 years.

 
(Photo by Nick Puopolo)
Paul Gonsalves
Paul Gonsalves
b. July 12, 1920, Boston; d. May 14, 1974

Like Hodges and Carney, Gonsalves spent decades with Ellington, and his extended solo with the Ellington band at Newport 1956 made him a legend.

 
(Photo by Nick Puopolo)
Jaki Byard
Jaki Byard
b. June 15, 1922, Worcester, MA; d. Feb. 11, 1999

There was hardly a jazz instrument or style that this incredibly talented, creative force did not master as a player, composer, arranger, band leader and teacher.)

 
(Photo by Nick Puopolo)
Bobby Hackett
Bobby Hackett
b. Jan. 31, 1915, Providence, RI; d. June 7, 1976

Known as a "Dixieland" cornet player, Hackett also became renowned for his "String of Pearls" solo with Glenn Miller and his lyric solos with Jackie Gleason.

 
Tony Williams
Tony Williams
b. Dec. 12, 1945, Chicago; d. Feb. 23, 1997

Son of Boston saxophonist Tilman Williams and mentored by Alan Dawson, this fiery, polyrhythmic drummer is best known for his work with Miles Davis.

 
(Photo by Nick Puopolo)
Sabby Lewis
Sabby Lewis
b. Nov. 1, 1914, Middleburg, NC; d. July 9, 1994

William Sebastian Lewis didnt come to Boston until he was 18, but he became the best known local jazz pianist and band leader to almost never hit the road.

 
(Photo by Nick Puopolo)
Serge Chaloff
Serge Chaloff
b. Nov. 24, 1923, South Boston; d. July 16, 1957

Son of musically accomplished parents, this baritone sax virtuoso became one of the masters at bridging the elements of swing and bebop.

 
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
b. Feb. 2, 1924, Boston; d. July 22, 1982

He played all of the saxophones, was a masterful blues and ballad player and was a known influence on John Coltrane.

 
(Photo by Francis Wolff)
 
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