Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
|Birth name||Edward F. Davis|
|Born||March 2, 1922|
New York City, U.S.
|Died||November 3, 1986 64) (aged|
Culver City, California, U.S.
|Labels||Prestige, Riverside, RCA Victor|
Edward F. Davis (March 2, 1922 – November 3, 1986),  known professionally as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.  It is unclear how he acquired the moniker "Lockjaw" (later shortened in "Jaws"): it is either said that it came from the title of a tune or from his way of biting hard on the saxophone mouthpiece.  Other theories have been put forward. 
Davis played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Eddie Bonnemère, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings from the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues.
In 1940, when Teddy Hill became the manager of the legendary Minton's Jazz club, he put Eddie Davis in charge of deciding which musicians could, or couldn't, sit in during the jam sessions (playing in this Minton's sessions was coveted by many, including musicians which were not up to the demanding standards of the venue). 
His 1946 band, Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, featured Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Huey Long,  Gene Ramey and Denzil Best.
In the 1950s, he was playing with Sonny Stitt, while from 1960 to 1962, he and fellow tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin led a quintet.
Starting in 1955, and up to 1960, Eddie Davis pioneered the tenor sax/Hammond organ combo, in a group featuring Shirley Scott on the Hammond B3. 
From the mid-1960s, Davis and Griffin also performed together as part of the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band, along with other, mainly European, jazz musicians. 
Davis died of Hodgkin's lymphoma in Culver City, California, at the age of 64. 
With Mildred Anderson
With Count Basie
With Billy Butler
With Benny Carter
With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band
With Arnett Cobb
With Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners
With Wild Bill Davis
With Harry Edison
With Red Garland
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Al Grey
With Tiny Grimes
With Coleman Hawkins
With Jo Jones
With Quincy Jones
With Al Smith
With Sonny Stitt
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