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Houston Person

Houston Person

born on 10/11/1934 in Florence, SC, United States

Houston Person

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Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982.


Person grew up in Florence, South Carolina, and first played piano before switching to tenor saxophone.[1] He studied at South Carolina State College where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1999.

In the United States Air Force, he joined a service band stationed in West Germany, and played with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, and Leo Wright. He later continued his studies at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.

He first became known for a series of albums for Prestige in the 1960s. Contrary to popular belief, he was never married to the vocalist Etta Jones, but did spend many years as her musical partner, recording, performing and touring, and for much of his career this association was what he was best known for. They first met playing in organist Johnny Hammond's band.

There are more than 75 albums recorded by Houston Person as a bandleader, on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, and Muse, and he has most recently been recording on HighNote. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Ron Carter, Bill Charlap, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Janis Siegel, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Cedar Walton, plus Billy Butler, Don Patterson, Grant Green, Sonny Phillips, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes[2] and others.

Person has been a resident of Newark, New Jersey.[3]


As leader

  • Underground Soul! (Prestige, 1966)
  • Chocomotive (Prestige, 1967) -with Cedar Walton
  • Trust in Me (Prestige, 1967) -with Cedar Walton
  • Blue Odyssey (Prestige, 1968) -with Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Cedar Walton
  • Soul Dance! (Prestige, 1968) -with Billy Gardner, Boogaloo Joe Jones [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Houston Person - Truth in 1999]
  • Goodness! (Prestige, 1969) -with Sonny Phillips, Billy Butler
  • Truth! (Prestige, 1970) -with Sonny Phillips, Billy Butler [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Houston Person - Truth in 1999]
  • The Best of Houston Person (Prestige, 1970) -compilation
  • Person to Person! (Prestige, 1970) -with Virgil Jones, Sonny Phillips, Grant Green [note: reissued as Legends of Acid Jazz: Houston Person in 1996]
  • Houston Express (Prestige, 1971) [note: reissued as Legends Of Acid Jazz: Houston Person in 1996]
  • Broken Windows, Empty Hallways (Prestige, 1972)
  • Sweet Buns & Barbeque (Prestige, 1972)
  • The Real Thing [live] (Eastbound, 1973) -2LP
  • Houston Person '75 (Westbound/20th Century, 1975)
  • Get Out'a My Way! (Westbound/20th Century, 1975)
  • Pure Pleasure (Mercury, 1976)
  • Harmony (Mercury, 1977)
  • Stolen Sweets (Muse, 1977) -with Sonny Phillips, Jimmy Ponder; recorded 1976
  • Wild Flower (Muse, 1978) -with Bill Hardman, Sonny Phillips, Jimmy Ponder; recorded 1977
  • The Nearness of You (Muse, 1978) -with Virgil Jones, Charles Earland, Sonny Phillips, Melvin Sparks; recorded 1977
  • The Gospel Soul of Houston Person (Savoy, 1978)
  • The Big Horn (Muse, 1979) -with Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, Grady Tate; recorded 1976
  • Suspicions (Muse, 1980) -with Virgil Jones
  • Very PERSONal (Muse, 1981) -recorded 1980
  • Heavy Juice (Muse, 1982) -with Jon Logan, Melvin Sparks, Bernard Purdie
  • Road Warriors (Greene Street, 1984) -with Les McCann
  • Creation (Greene Street, 1984) -with Roger Kellaway
  • Always on My Mind (Muse, 1985)
  • The Talk of the Town (Muse, 1987)
  • We Owe It All to Love (Baseline [UK], 1989)
  • Basics (Muse, 1989) -recorded 1987
  • Something in Common (Muse, 1990) -with Ron Carter; recorded 1989
  • The Party (Muse, 1989 [1991]) - recorded 1989
  • Now's the Time (Muse, 1990) - with Ron Carter
  • Just Friends (Muse, 1990) -with Buddy Tate, Nat Simpkins
  • Why Not! (Muse, 1990) -with Joey DeFrancesco, Randy Johnston
  • The Lion and His Pride (Muse, 1991)
  • Christmas With Houston Person and Friends (Muse, 1994) -with Randy Johnston, Etta Jones, Grady Tate, Benny Green [note: reissued as Santa Baby on Savoy in 2003]
  • Horn to Horn (Muse, 1994) -with Teddy Edwards
  • Person-ified (High Note, 1996) -with Richard Wynands, Ray Drummond, Kenny Washington
  • Island Episode (Prestige, 1997) -with Hank Jones, Jimmy Ponder [note: first issue of a previously unreleased Prestige album, recorded in 1973]
  • Lost & Found -with Charles Brown (32 Jazz, 1997) [note: first issue of a previously unreleased Muse album Sweet Slumber, recorded in 1991]
  • The Opening Round (Savant, 1997) -with Bernard Purdie, Joey DeFrancesco
  • Christmas With Houston Person and Etta Jones (32 Jazz, 1997) -compilation of various Muse material
  • My Romance (HighNote, 1998) -with Richard Wynands, Ray Drummond, Kenny Washington
  • Close Encounters (HighNote, 1999) -with Teddy Edwards; recorded 1996
  • Soft Lights (HighNote, 1999) -with Russell Malone, Richard Wynands, Ray Drummond, Grady Tate
  • Together at Christmas (HighNote, 2000) -with Etta Jones, Stan Hope, George Kaye, Chip White
  • In a Sentimental Mood (HighNote, 2000) -with Stan Hope, George Kaye, Chip White
  • Blue Velvet (HighNote, 2001) -with Richard Wynands, Ray Drummond, Grady Tate
  • Dialogues (HighNote, 2002) -with Ron Carter; recorded 2000
  • Sentimental Journey (HighNote, 2002) -with Richard Wynands, Russell Malone, Peter Washington, Grady Tate
  • Social Call (HighNote, 2003) -with Stan Hope, Paul Bollenback, Per-Ola Gadd, Chip White
  • To Etta With Love (HighNote, 2004) -with Stan Hope, Paul Bollenback, Per-Ola Gadd, Chip White
  • All Soul (HighNote, 2005) -with Eddie Allen, Stan Hope, Randy Johnston
  • You Taught My Heart to Sing (HighNote 2006) -with Bill Charlap; recorded 2004
  • Thinking of You (HighNote, 2007) -with Eddie Allen
  • Just Between Friends (HighNote, 2008) -with Ron Carter; recorded 2005
  • Mellow (HighNote, 2009) -with John di Martino
  • Moment to Moment (HighNote, 2010) -with Terell Stafford
  • The Way We Were: Live in Concert (HighNote], 2011) -with Etta Jones, Stan Hope, George Kaye, Chip White; recorded 2000
  • So Nice (HighNote, 2011) -with Warren Vache
  • Naturally (HighNote, 2012) -with Cedar Walton, Ray Drummond, Lewis Nash
  • Nice 'N' Easy (HighNote, 2013) -with John di Martino, Chuck Redd, Ray Drummond, Lewis Nash
  • The Melody Lingers On (HighNote, 2014) -with Steve Nelson
  • Something Personal (HighNote, 2015) -with Steve Nelson, John di Martino
  • Chemistry (HighNote, 2016) -with Ron Carter
  • Rain Or Shine (HighNote, 2017)

As sideman

With The 3B's

  • Soothin' 'N Groovin' with The 3B's (3B's Music, 1994)

With Gene Ammons

  • The Boss Is Back! (Prestige, 1969)

With Charles Brown

  • Blues and Other Love Songs (Muse, 1992)

With Billy Butler

  • This Is Billy Butler! (Prestige, 1968)
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Prestige, 1970)
  • Night Life (Prestige, 1971)

With Ron Carter

  • Orfeu (Somethin' Else/Blue Note, 1999)

With Joey DeFrancesco

  • All About My Girl (Muse, 1994)
  • Plays Sinatra His Way (High Note, 1998 [rel. 2004])

With Charles Earland

  • Black Talk! (Prestige, 1969)
  • Pleasant Afternoon (Muse, 1981)

With Grant Green

  • Live at Club Mozambique (Blue Note, 1971 [rel. 2006])

With Tiny Grimes

  • Profoundly Blue (Muse, 1973)

With Peter Hand Big Band

  • The Wizard Of Jazz: A Tribute to Harold Arlen (Savant, 2005 [rel. 2009])
  • Out of Hand (Savant, 2013)

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • Good Vibrations (Muse, 1977 [rel. 1980])
  • Broadway (Muse, 1980)
  • Blues All Day Long (Muse, 1988)
  • Hot Tat (Muse, 1989 [rel. 1991])

With Etta Jones

  • Etta Jones '75 (Westbound/20th Century, 1975)
  • Ms. Jones to You (Muse, 1976)
  • My Mother's Eyes (Muse, 1977)
  • If You Could See Me Now (Muse, 1978)
  • Save Your Love for Me (Muse, 1980)
  • Fine and Mellow (Muse, 1986)
  • I'll Be Seeing You (Muse, 1987)
  • Sugar (Muse, 1989)
  • Christmas with Etta Jones (Muse, 1990)
  • Reverse the Charges (Muse, 1992)
  • At Last (Muse, 1995)

With Charles Kynard

  • Afro-Disiac (Prestige, 1970)

With Johnny Lytle

  • Fast Hands (Muse, 1980)
  • Good Vibes (Muse, 1982)

With Don Patterson

  • Four Dimensions (Prestige, 1967)
  • Oh Happy Day (Prestige, 1969)
  • Tune Up! (Prestige, 1969)

With Sonny Phillips

  • Sure 'Nuff (Prestige, 1969)

With Bernard Purdie

  • Shaft (Prestige, 1971 [rel. 1973])

With Shirley Scott

  • Oasis (Muse, 1989)

With Janis Siegel

  • Friday Night Special (Telarc, 2003)

With Horace Silver

  • That Healin' Feelin' (Blue Note, 1970)

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

  • Mr. Wonderful (Riverside, 1963)
  • A Little Taste (Riverside, 1963)
  • The Stinger (Prestige, 1965)
  • The Stinger Meets the Golden Thrush (Prestige, 1966) -with Byrdie Green
  • Gettin' Up (Prestige, 1967)
  • Soul Flowers (Prestige, 1967)
  • Dirty Grape (Prestige, 1968)
  • Nasty! (Prestige, 1968)
  • Here It 'Tis (Prestige, 1970)

With Melvin Sparks

  • Sparks! (Prestige, 1970)

With Paul (PB) Brown

  • Paul Brown Quartet Meets The Three Tenors (Brownstone, 1998)


  1. ^ Biography at allmusic
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex & Leggett, Steve at allmusic
  3. ^ "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Houston Person -- Deep-toned, blues-rich tenor saxophonist Person, who lives in Newark, has performed and/or recorded with Johnny Hammond, Cedar Walton and Charles Earland, among many others."

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