HOUSTON PERSON is an internationally acclaimed tenor saxophonist. A native of South Carolina, he began his career in the U.S. Air Force, where he played with Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, and others. In 1961, after spending two years with Johnny “Hammond” Smith’s band, he began his solo career.
Person has recorded more than 75 albums under his own name. Houston’s 1990 recording with Ron Carter, Something in Common, won the Independent Jazz Record of the Year Award, and he received an Indie Award for his recording Why Not?. His recent recordings for HighNote Records, My Romance, Soft Lights, In a Sentimental Mood, Blue Velvet, and Sentimental Journey, reached the No. 1 position on national listings for jazz radio airplay. The recordings My Buddy: Etta Jones Sings the Songs of Buddy Johnson and Etta Jones Sings Lady Day, both produced by Houston and featuring his tenor sax artistry, won Grammy nominations in the Best Jazz Vocal category in 1999 and 2002, respectively.