Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Finds his Career
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis enjoyed an illustrious career as a tenor saxophonist. It might have gone in another direction. Here, in his own words, is Jaw’s story of the process he employed to determine his career path.“I didn’t buy an instrument for the sake of the music. It’s different if someone says he likes music and wants to get an instrument to try to be a musician. In my case, I wanted the instrument for what it represented.
“By watching musicians, I saw that they drank, they smoked, they got all the broads and they didn’t get up early in the morning. That attracted me. My next move was to see who got the most attention, so it was between the tenor saxophonist and the drummer. The drums looked like too much work, so I said I’ll get one of those tenor saxophones. That’s the truth.”
Excerpted from Bill Crow’s Jazz Anecdotes, with the author’s permission.