Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Background information
Birth name Edward F. Davis
Born (1922-03-02)March 2, 1922
New York City, U.S.
Died November 3, 1986(1986-11-03) (aged 64)
Culver City, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz swing
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Labels Prestige, Riverside, RCA Victor
Associated acts

Edward F. Davis, known as Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (March 2, 1922 – November 3, 1986)[1] was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.[2]


Davis played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Eddie Bonnemere, 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.

His 1946 band, Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, featured Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Huey Long,[3] 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. 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.[4]

Davis died of cancer in Culver City, California, at the age of 64.[5]


As leader

As sideman

With Mildred Anderson

With Count Basie

With Billy Butler

With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With Arnett Cobb

With Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners

With Wild Bill Davis

With Harry "Sweets" Edison

With Red Garland

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Tiny Grimes

With Coleman Hawkins

With Al Smith

With Sonny Stitt


  1. Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. p. 260. ISBN 978-0313344237.
  2. Yanow, Scott. "Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. Huey Long biography at Venus Hair, which establishes that this member of The Ink Spots was also the guitarist of Davis' Beboppers.
  4. Kart, Larry (4 November 1986). "Tenor Saxophone Great Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis". Chicago Tribune.
  5. "Eddie (Lockjaw) Davis Dies; Saxophonist With Jazz Greats". The New York Times. Associated Press. 6 November 1986.
  6. Alex Henderson (1959-09-20). "Hear My Blues - Mildred Anderson,Al Smith | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
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