1952 to 1982
February 2, 1924
July 22, 1982
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Edward "Sonny" Stitt (born Edward Boatner, Jr., February 2, 1924 - July 22, 1982), was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. He was one of the most well-documented saxophonists of his generation, recording over 100 albums. He was nicknamed the "Lone Wolf" by jazz critic Dan Morgenstern, in reference to his relentless touring and devotion to jazz. Early life Edward Boatner was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Saginaw, Michigan.