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Sil Austin

Sil Austin

Sil Austin


Sil Austin (17 September 1929 - 1 September 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He had his biggest success in an overtly commercial rather than jazz vein, but he regarded jazz saxophonists like Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Sonny Stitt as his major influences. He was a showman on stage, and had a big, ripe blues-inflected tenor sound which was ideally adapted to hard-driving rhythm & blues, but was also highly persuasive on ballads. Read more on Last.fm
Sil Austin (17 September 1929 - 1 September 2001) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He had his biggest success in an overtly commercial rather than jazz vein, but he regarded jazz saxophonists like Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Sonny Stitt as his major influences. He was a showman on stage, and had a big, ripe blues-inflected tenor sound which was ideally adapted to hard-driving rhythm & blues, but was also highly persuasive on ballads. He was born Sylvester Austin in Dunnellon, Florida, and taught himself to play as a 12 year old. He won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1945, playing "Danny Boy".

His performance brought him a recording contract with Mercury Records, and he moved to New York, where he studied for a time at the Juilliard School of Music. He played with Roy Eldridge briefly, and with Tiny Bradshaw in 1952-54, before setting up his own successful touring group. He recorded over 30 albums for Mercury, and had a number of Top 40 hits with pop tunes like "Danny Boy" (his signature tune), "Slow Walk" and "My Mother's Eyes". He recorded with a few other labels, including SSS, owned by Shelby Singleton. He made also a few records in Japan in the 1970s. He died of prostate cancer in 2001, and is survived by his wife of 52 years, the Rev.

Vernice Austin, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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