[JPL] Tina Brooks

Louis Erlanger louisx at myfairpoint.net
Fri Jun 1 16:55:10 EDT 2012

I co-produced a CD of his brother Bubba Brooks called "Organic 
Chemistry", with Bobby Forrester on organ, William Ash on guitar and 
Tootsie Bean on drums.  It's a live set from Smalls in NYC.  Bubba was a 
great tenor player who stayed very active in NYC until his death.  He 
had worked with a number of well known R&B bands, Wynonie Harris among 
them,  when he wasn't playing jazz. He even did some work with John Lee 
Hooker. Tina made a bigger name for himself in jazz, but they were both 

On 6/1/2012 3:49 PM, Nou Dadoun wrote:
> There's a great Mosaic box of his complete Blue Note recordings mainly his
> own True Blue and Back to the Tracks along with some sessions with Jackie
> McLean - his recordings as a leader were impossible to find til the Mosaic
> box came out then Blue Note reissued them, highly recommended; did he
> record for anybody else? ... N
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Tom Mallison
> <tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com>wrote:
>> Thought many of you might not be familiar with Tina Brooks or even thought
>> it was a female.
>> Harold Floyd Brooks was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was the
>> brother of David "Bubba" Brooks. The nickname *"Tina"*, pronounced Teena,
>> was a variation of *"Teeny"*, a childhood moniker. His favorite tune was
>> "My Devotion".  Initially, he studied the C-melody saxophone, which he
>> began playing the shortly after he moved to New York with his family in
>> 1944. Brooks' first professional work came in 1951 with rhythm and blues
>> pianist Sonny Thompson, and, in 1955, Brooks played with vibraphonist
>> Lionel Hampton.  Brooks also received less formal guidance from trumpeter
>> and composer "Little" Benny Harris, who led the saxophonist to his first
>> recording as a leader. Harris, in fact, was the one who recommended him to
>> legendary producer Alfred Lion in 1958 which led to Blue Note Sessions.
>> Tom
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