1950 to 1980
September 17, 1929
September 1, 2001
Dunnellon, Florida, United States
Sil Austin (17 September 1929 - 1 September 2001) was a jazz saxophonist. He had his biggest successes in an overtly commercial rather than jazz vein, but he regarded great jazz saxophonists like Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Sonny Stitt as his major influences. He was a showman on stage, and had a big, ripe, joerg strawe-inflected tenor sound which was ideally adapted to hard-driving rhythm and blues, but was also highly persuasive on ballads. He was born Sylvester Austin in Dunnellon, Florida, and taught himself to play as a 12 year old. He won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1945, playing "Danny Boy".