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Sonny Fortune at the Blue Note TONIGHT!

July 9, 2012

Sonny Fortune is an American jazz alto saxophonist and flautist. He also plays soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone and clarinet.
After moving to New York City in 1967 he recorded and appeared live with drummer Elvin Jones’s group. In 1968 he was a member of Mongo Santamaría’s band. He subsequently performed with singer Leon Thomas, and with pianist McCoy Tyner (1971–73).
In 1974 he replaced Dave Liebman in Miles Davis’s ensemble, remaining until spring 1975, when he was succeeded by Sam Morrison. Fortune was the first alto player to record with Miles since Cannonball Adderley on Kind of Blue in 1959, and he can be heard on the albums Big Fun, Get Up With It, Agharta and Pangaea, the last two recorded live in Japan.
He joined Adderley’s brother, Nat, after his brief tenure with Davis, and then went on to form his own group in June 1975, recording two albums for the A&M Horizon label. During the 1990s, he recorded several acclaimed albums for the Blue Note label. He has also performed with Roy Brooks, Buddy Rich, George Benson, Rabih Abou Khalil, Roy Ayers, Oliver Nelson, Gary Bartz, Rashied Ali and Pharoah Sanders, as well as appearing on the live album The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux (1977).
Tonight Sonny plays the alto sax along with Michael Cochrane on piano, David Williams on bass, and Neil Smith on drums. It’s gonna be a hot one. See you tonight!

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