Red Holloway

Red Holloway

born on 31/5/1927 in Helena, AR, United States

died on 25/2/2012 in Morro Bay, CA, United States

Red Holloway

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Red Holloway

James Wesley "Red" Holloway (May 31, 1927  February 25, 2012) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.[1]


Holloway started playing banjo and harmonica, switching to tenor sax when he was twelve years old. He graduated from DuSable High School, where he had played in the school big band with Johnny Griffin and Eugene Wright, and attended the Conservatory of Music, Chicago. He joined the Army when he was nineteen and became bandmaster for the U.S. Fifth Army Band, and after completing his military service, returned to Chicago and played with Yusef Lateef and Dexter Gordon, among others. In 1948 he joined blues vocalist Roosevelt Sykes and later played with other blues musicians such as Willie Dixon, Junior Parker, Lloyd Price, and John Mayall.

In the 1950s he played in the Chicago area with Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rushing, Arthur Prysock, Dakota Staton, Eddie Vinson, Wardell Gray, Sonny Rollins, Red Rodney, Lester Young, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Aretha Franklin. During this period, he also toured with Sonny Stitt, Memphis Slim and Lionel Hampton. He became a member of the house band for Chance Records in 1952. He subsequently appeared on many recording sessions for the Chicago-based independents Parrot, United and States, and Vee-Jay.[2]

From 1963 to 1966, he was in organist "Brother" Jack McDuff's band, which also featured a young guitarist, George Benson. In 1974, Holloway recorded The Latest Edition with John Mayall and toured Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. From 1977 to 1982, Holloway worked with Sonny Stitt, recording two albums together, and following Stitt's death, Holloway played and recorded with Clark Terry.

Red Holloway died February 25, 2012, one month after Etta James, with whom he had worked extensively.[3]


As leader

  • The Burner (Prestige, 1963)
  • Cookin' Together (Prestige, 1964) with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet
  • Sax, Strings & Soul (Prestige, 1964)
  • Red Soul (Prestige, 1965)
  • No tears over you (RH)
  • Hittin' the Road Again (JAM, 1982)
  • Nica's Dream (Steeplechase, 1984)
  • Red Holloway & Company (Concord, 1987)
  • Locksmith Blues (Concord, 1989)
  • Daydream with T.C.Pfeiler (Tonewheel, 1997)
  • In the Red (High Note, 1997)
  • Standing Room Only (Chiaroscuro, 1998)
  • A Night of Blues and Ballads (JHM, 1999)
  • Coast to Coast (Milestone, 2003)
  • Something old something new (2007)
  • Go Red Go ! (Delmark, 2008)
  • Meets the Bernhard Pichi Trio (Organic Music, 2009)

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • Soul Summit Vol. 2 (Prestige, 1961 [1962])
  • Late Hour Special (Prestige, 1961 [1964])
  • Velvet Soul (Prestige, 1961 [1964])
  • Free Again (Prestige, 1971)

With Wade Marcus

  • Metamorphosis (1976, Impulse!)

With Horace Silver

  • It's Got to Be Funky (1993)
  • Pencil Packin' Papa (1994)

With George Benson

  • The New Boss Guitar of George Benson (1964)

With John Mayall

  • Ten Years Are Gone (1973)
  • The Latest Edition (1974)

With Etta James

  • 12 Songs of Christmas
  • Heart of a Woman
  • Blue Gardenia

With Jack McDuff

  • Brother Jack McDuff Live! (Prestige, 1963)
  • Brother Jack at the Jazz Workshop Live! (Prestige, 1963)
  • Prelude (Prestige, 1963)
  • The Dynamic Jack McDuff (Prestige, 1964)
  • The Concert McDuff (Prestige, 1964)
  • Hot Barbeque (Prestige, 1965)
  • Walk On By (Prestige, 1966)
  • Hallelujah Time! (Prestige, 1963-66 [1967])
  • The Midnight Sun (Prestige, 1963-66 [1967)
  • Soul Circle (Prestige, 1964-66 [1968])
  • I Got a Woman (Prestige, 1964-66 [1969])
  • Steppin' Out (Prestige, 1961-66 [1969])
  • Tobacco Road (Atlantic, 1966)
  • Check This Out (Cadet, 1972)

With Carmen McRae

  • Fine and Mellow: Live at Birdland West

With Knut Riisnæs

  • Confessin' the Blues (Gemini Records, 1989)
  • The Gemini Twins (Gemini Records, 1992)

With Atle Hammer

  • Arizona Blues (Gemini Records, 1989)

With Freddy Cole

  • Live at Birdland West (LaserLight Digital, 1992)


  1. Allmusic
  2. The Al Smith Discography Part I Accessed August 24, 2009
  3. Jazz Times

External links

  • Red Holloway's official website
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