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Criss, Sonny, 1927-1977

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Personal name headingCriss, Sonny, 1927-1977
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Variant(s)Criss, William, 1927-1977
Kriss, Sonny, 1927-1977
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1927-10-23
Death date1977-11-19
Place of birthMemphis (Tenn.)
Place of deathLos Angeles (Calif.)
AffiliationPrestige Records (Firm)
Profession or occupationJazz musicians Saxophonists
Found inHis The joy of sax [SR] p1977: label (Sonny Criss)
OCLC 19363945 (hdg.: Criss, Sonny, 1927-1977)
Grove music online, Feb. 3, 2005: Jazz (Criss, Sonny (William); b. Oct. 23, 1927, Memphis, d. Nov. 19, 1977, Los Angeles; American alto saxophonist)
Bopera [SR] 1947: label, v.2 (Sonny Kriss)
African American National Biography, accessed December 8, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Criss, Sonny; William Criss; jazz musician, saxophonist; born 23 October 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States; attended Jefferson High School; transferred to the Polytechnic High School; joined the trumpeter Al Killian's band at Billy Berg's in April 1947; toured nationally with Jazz at the Philharmonic from November 1948 through June 1949; recorded in Los Angeles as the leader of a quartet; traveled to Europe and performed with Clarke in the film Le glaive et la balance (1962); his career moved forward in 1966, when he signed a contract with Prestige Records and he released his first album, This Is Criss!; suffered alcoholism; died 19 November 1977 in Los Angeles, California, United States)