Fortune, Sonny, American saxophonist and composer; b. Philadelphia, Pa., May 19, 1939. A highly underrated alto saxophonist, he is also a fine composer and many of his best recordings are versions of his own material. A hard-bop player who is equally at home on alto and soprano saxes and flute, he has a passionate, unmistakable style which often sounds as though he’s either laughing or crying through his instrument.
After moving to N.Y. in 1967, he began working with Elvin Jones, an association that continues sporadically today, and he also performed and recorded with Mongo Santamaria, McCoy Tyner, and Miles Davis. He recorded albums as a leader for Strata-East, A&M Horizon, and Atlantic in the mid- to late 1970s, becoming a bit more commercial with each release. However, his live shows were far from commercial, with Fortune taking solos of 30 minutes or more with the right audience. Fortune recorded for the Konnex label and toured and recorded in the 1980s with Nat Adder ley (with whom his style fit perfectly). Working with Elvin Jones in the early 1990s, Fortune, by Jones’s request, has played tenor. He signed with Blue Note Records as a leader in 1993.
Long Before Our Mothers Cried (1974); Awakening (1975); In Waves of Dreams (1976); Serengeti Minstrel (1977); Infinity Is (1978); With Sound Reason (1979); It Ain’t What It Was (1991); Four in One (1994); A Better Understanding (1995); Monk’s Mood (1995); From Now On (1996); Sonny Fortune & Eddie Vinson (1997); In the Spirit of John Coltrane (2000).
"Fortune Sonny." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (March 22, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/fortune-sonny
"Fortune Sonny." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved March 22, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/fortune-sonny
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.