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Frank Wright - 86% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 July 1935, Grenada, Mississippi, USA, d. 17 May 1990, Wuppertal, Germany. Wright grew up in Memphis and, later, in Cleveland alongside Albert Ayler, whose influence persuaded him to switch to tenor saxophone from double bass (on which instrument he had backed visiting blues stars such as B.B. King and Bobby Bland). He developed a ferocious, vocalized saxophone style that Read more

Fred Anderson - 82% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 March 1929, Monroe, Louisiana, USA. Resident in Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago, since the age of 10, the self-taught Anderson was known locally as an ‘outside’ tenor saxophonist, his gruff, vigorous style mixing the lyricism and power of bebop with the more experimental approach of Ornette Coleman. In the mid-60s he was a founder member of the AACM, r Read more

Oliver Lake - 67% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Oliver Eugene Lake, 14 September 1942, Marianna, Arkansas, USA. Lake’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1943. He played in high school, but only applied himself seriously to alto saxophone at the age of 20. Lake worked in R&B and soul bands with Lester Bowie, then formed his own group with Floyd LeFlore (trumpet) and Leonard Smith (drums). In 1968, he received Read more

Arthur Blythe - 62% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Murray Blythe, 5 July 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. From infancy Blythe lived in San Diego, returning to Los Angeles when he was 19 years old. He had taken up alto saxophone at the age of nine, playing R&B until his mid-teens when he discovered jazz. He studied with David Jackson and ex-Jimmie Lunceford altoist Kirtland (Kirk) Bradford. In the mid-60s he was Read more

Harold Land - 59% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 December 1928, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 27 July 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. Resident in San Diego, California from early childhood, tenor saxophonist Land practised extensively with Eric Dolphy, holding informal, all-day sessions at Dolphy’s home. Arising from the local fame these sessions engendered, Land was hired as replacement for Teddy Edwards in the Max Read more

Muhal Richard Abrams - 59% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 September 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Abrams began studying piano at Chicago Music College at the age of 17 and started working professionally a year later. In 1955 he formed Modern Jazz Two + 3 with tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris. After this group folded, he kept a low profile until 1961, when he organized the Experimental Band, a contrast to his earlier hard bop ventu Read more

Roscoe Mitchell - 56% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Classical Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA. As a child Mitchell enjoyed listening to Nat ‘King’ Cole, Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He studied clarinet and baritone saxophone in high school, taking up alto saxophone in his senior year and continuing with it while in the army. He went to Europe with an army band, where he heard Albert Ayler, who was also playing in a Read more

Chico Freeman - 52% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Lavon Freeman Jnr., 17 July 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Freeman started out playing trumpet but while at university switched to tenor saxophone, the instrument played by his father Von Freeman. After university, where he studied music education, he played in R&B bands, before changing direction and working with Muhal Richard Abrams and the Association for the Adva Read more

Sunny Murray - 52% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Marcellus Arthur Murray, 21 September 1937, Idabel, Oklahoma, USA. Murray is probably the most influential and certainly the most controversial drummer to emerge from the 60s new wave. He began to teach himself drums at the age of nine, subsequently flirting briefly with trumpet and trombone. In 1956 he moved to New York and worked with figures as diverse as Henry  Read more

Cecil Payne - 45% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cecil McKenzie Payne, 14 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 27 November 2007, Camden, New Jersey, USA. After first learning guitar, alto saxophone and clarinet, Payne took up the baritone saxophone. In 1946, a year in which he played and recorded with J.J. Johnson and Roy Eldridge, he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band for a three-year stint. Leaving Gillesp Read more

Sonny Fortune - 42% match to Billy Harper

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Cornelius Fortune, 19 May 1939, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. An intense player on alto, tenor and soprano saxophones and flute, Fortune studied at Wurlitzers and Granoff School of Music and privately with Roland Wiggins. He started his playing career in Philadelphia R&B bands. He moved to New York in 1967 and played with Elvin Jones (1968), Mongo Santamaría ( Read more


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