Fats Navarro biography
Born on September 24, 1923, in Key West, Florida, Fats Navarro first performed as a tenor saxophonist in Miami, and went on to play trumpet in big bands. He then worked and recorded with other well-known band leaders, and eventually Tadd Dameron. By then, however, Navarro's struggle with heroin addiction and progressive illness with tuberculosis caused him to perform less often. He died on July 6, 1950, in New York City.