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May 31, 1927 - February 25, 2012


A Chicago tenor version of the Charlie Parker classic...

James Holloway played banjo and harmonica in his youth before settling on the tenor saxophone as his principle instrument.

An extremely versatile musician "Red", as he was known, played in Gene Wright's band from 1943 to 1946.

He attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music and in 1948 he worked with blues singer Roosevelt Sykes.

Holloway formed a quartet in 1952 while continuing to work with blues and R&B artists, at times doubling on alto sax.

In 1963 he achieved fame while on tour with "Brother" Jack McDuff.

A bop player at heart, Red performed and recorded with Sonny Stitt and later Clark Terry to great acclaim.

Red Holloway was one of few players to go toe to toe and tie with Sonny Stitt in a saxophone battle.

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