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Forrest, Jimmy

Barry Kernfeld

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1802968

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Forrest, Jimmy (24 January 1920–26 August 1980), jazz and rhythm-and-blues tenor saxophonist, was born James Robert Forrest, Jr., in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of James Forrest and Eva Dowd, a pianist and church organist. His father’s occupation is unknown, but he also played music. Forrest started on alto saxophone and switched to tenor about two years later. His first jobs were local, with his mother’s trio and, at age fifteen, with Eddie Johnson and the St. Louis Crackerjacks. While still in high school he played with ...

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Subjects: Woodwinds ; Blues ; Jazz

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