Johnny Griffin

1928 - 2008

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John Arnold Griffin III (April 24, 1928 – July 25, 2008) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Nicknamed "the Little Giant" for his short stature and forceful playing, Griffin's career began in the mid-1940s and continued until the month of his death. A pioneering figure in hard bop, Griffin recorded prolifically as a bandleader in addition to stints with pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Art Blakey, in partnership with fellow tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and as a member of the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band after he moved to Europe in the 1960s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johnny Griffin has received more than 257,577 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Johnny Griffin is the 1,308th most popular musician (up from 1,341st in 2019), the 6,502nd most popular biography from United States (up from 6,698th in 2019) and the 464th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Johnny Griffin ranks 1,308 out of 3,175Before him are Mishary Rashid Alafasy, Steve Jordan, Lou Donaldson, Bill Frisell, Rudolf Firkušný, and Trent Reznor. After him are Heinrich Schiff, Peter Maxwell Davies, Neil Murray, Brad Whitford, Steve Swallow, and Bernard Edwards.

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Among people born in 1928, Johnny Griffin ranks 392Before him are Jan Pieter Schotte, Stanley Baker, Vladimir Toporov, Takako Doi, Washington Ortuño, and Koko Taylor. After him are Eduardo Guerrero, Dolph Schayes, Karel Mejta Sr, Pierre Tchernia, Sergey Mergelyan, and Simón Díaz. Among people deceased in 2008, Johnny Griffin ranks 230Before him are Horst Stein, Anton Allemann, Monica Lovinescu, Erwin Geschonneck, Dith Pran, and Mustafa Khalil. After him are Valentin Bubukin, Sergey Mergelyan, Norman Smith, John List, Elfriede Kaun, and Anatoly Khrapaty.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Johnny Griffin ranks 6,502 out of 20,380Before him are Michelle Akers (1966), Robert Towne (1934), Jeff Corey (1914), Mildred Davis (1901), Debra Jo Rupp (1951), and Beth Grant (1949). After him are Donovan Scott (1947), Christina Hendricks (1975), Bobby Cannavale (1970), Harry Blanchard (1929), Cornel West (1953), and Brian Hyland (1943).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Johnny Griffin ranks 464Before him are Randy Brecker (1945), James Jamerson (1936), Steve Jordan (1957), Lou Donaldson (1926), Bill Frisell (1951), and Trent Reznor (1965). After him are Brad Whitford (1952), Steve Swallow (1940), Bernard Edwards (1952), Cliff Martinez (1954), James LoMenzo (1959), and John Myung (1967).