Date of death: 25-07-2008
Also known as "the fastest tenor in the west", Griffin was one of the best bop saxophonists. His memory will always live on through his ...
Also known as "the fastest tenor in the west", Griffin was one of the best bop saxophonists. His memory will always live on through his tunes.
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I met Johnny after a concert in Mainstone Kent in the late 1980's - I gave him my albul to sign and he was the most gracious individual, he blew the stage apart....I remember him for the great muscian he was - wow could he swing. I would like to think that he is with Dexter and JC battling with Monk driving them on and Miles nodding on the background.
I am listening to Hush-A-Bye as I talk and Mr Griffin I thankyou for the legacy that you have left us that will live forever
I met Johnny after a concert at The Theatre de la Ville in Paris when I was 18 in May, 1975. I will always remember his warmth and big heart. Thank you, Johnny, for your friendship. God bless you always and always.
My Dad Walter was a life long friend of Mr Griffin....they lived in the same neighborhood as kids and went to Du Sable high school together...mr Griffin would come to minneapois and play the dakota jazz club ...usually in the early spring...march april...Dad and i would go...see him whenever hecame to town....It was really fun watching 2 old friends talk about their old Chicago neighborhood and experiences....I will always remember those times...
I met Johnny at Ronnie Scott's in 1975-I was a music student at LCM-he was so kind and supportive and we shared several whiskies in the downstairs bar!Many years later I caught up with him at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2000-he'd just got back from Japan and had some amazing new compositions-he
was such a lovely person-I think he would have been a great teacher-does anyone know where he lays?I'd like to visit him.
I met Johnny only once, in July 2007. He was travelling by train from France to Rotterdam to play at the North Sea Jazz Festival. I joined the train in Belgium and when I found me seat, there was a saxophone case on it, which turned out to be Johnny's. We got talking. My Dad was a big jazz fan, me less so, but I remember a wonderful two hours conversation, ranging from music to places to children, just life in general. When I got home I looked Johnny up on the internet and realized just what a privilege it had been to have that chance to meet him. I've since picked some CDs and his music keeps me company. I was very sorry to learn of his death lat year, but his great music lives on. Thanks for the music Johnny, and the conversation. Andy S
I learned Johnny was playing in Rochester, NY, where I live, at a now-defunct little club called The Calabash. I was so excited! It was 1986 and I was a rabid 22 year old hard bop fan from a very musical family. I HAD to see him live… I bought tickets immediately!
I had my brother help me duct tape microphone wiring to my back. I cut holes in my shirt lapels to hide the mike on either side of my collar, then hid the recorder in my coat pocket. It worked great! I captured in stereo the sounds of the club and the beautiful tones of Johnny warming up backstage. You can tell he was a class act just listening to him noodling in the back. Then he came out. I recall Kenny Washington was on drums, looking all of about 20 years old at the time. And WOW did he blow! During one fast-paced jam where he tore up the place with a wicked solo, I got so excited I yelled out, "GO!" I obviously forgot I was recording... It's the one blemish on the entire recording. But his gig is preserved in stereo for posterity. Maybe someday it can be released for everyone's enjoyment.
Boy, will he be missed. Johnny was one of my favorite sax players, along with Bird, Trane, and Cannonball. A true master! But his music lives on forever in our ears and hearts.
Thank you for that, Johnny!
I SHARED A TABLE WITH AN OLD MAN THAT WAS A EDDIE (LOCKJAW)DAVIS
FAN. THAT NIGHT WE BOTH GOT OUR MONEY'S WORTH AT THE JAZZ WORKSHOP
IN SAN FRANCISCO IN THE 1960'S. 40 MILES FROM S.F. I BROUGHT MY BOOMBOX
AND RECORDED JOHNNY AND HIS GROUP WITH RONNIE MATHEWS ON PIANO
IN 1979. IN 1957 AT SHERMAN CLAY,I PLAYED HIS FIRST ALBUM IN THE RECORD
BOOTH. I TOLD MY COUSIN ABOUT MY DISCOVERY AND WE'VE BEEN WIGGIN'
OUT EVER SINCE!!!
I HAVE HIS GREAT VIDEO. ALSO JAZZ AT NEWPORT 79' 3 TENOR'S,JACQUET,
DAVIS AND JOHNNY. SO LONG,J.G. DAN CELLI X-D.J.