Cecil Payne Similar Artists

Leo Parker - 100% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the band’s so-called ‘unholy four’. Fel Read more

Gigi Gryce - 84% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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28 November 1925, Pensacola, Florida, USA, d. 17 March 1983, Pensacola, Florida, USA. Alto saxophonist Gryce studied composition at Boston Conservatory and in Paris (with classicist Arthur Honegger) but then turned to jazz with spells in various bands, including that led by Tadd Dameron. In 1953 he was a member of the remarkable band with which Lionel Hampton toured Europe a Read more

Al Grey - 81% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Thornton Grey, 6 June 1925, Aldie, Virginia, USA, d. 24 March 2000, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Early in his career Grey played trombone in bands in the US Navy but soon after World War II he joined Benny Carter, whom he always credited with extending his musical knowledge. After leaving Carter, Grey played in the bands of Jimmie Lunceford and Lucky Millinder. In 1948, he Read more

Carl Fontana - 72% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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18 July 1928, Monroe, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 October 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. As a teenager Fontana played trombone in a band led by his father, then joined Woody Herman in 1952. Subsequent big band stints came with Lionel Hampton and Stan Kenton. In the late 50s he worked with Kai Winding’s four-trombone band. He spent most of the 60s working in house bands in Las V Read more

Harold Land - 70% match to Cecil Payne

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

Dizzy Reece - 66% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Alphonso Son Reece, 5 January 1931, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. After playing in Jamaica as a young teenager, trumpeter Reece moved to the UK in 1948. Over the next few years he established a reputation in the UK and throughout Europe, working mostly with bop musicians like Kenny Graham, Victor Feldman and Tubby Hayes. Reece also occasionally played with leading swing er Read more

Frank Wess - 62% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frank Wellington Wess, 4 January 1922, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Wess started out on alto saxophone, playing in bands in and around Washington, DC, where he was raised. Later, he switched to tenor saxophone and worked briefly in the band led by Blanche Calloway. He developed his musical abilities while on military service and, following his discharge at the end of World Wa Read more

Howard McGhee - 54% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 March 1918, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, d. 17 July 1987, New York City, New York, USA. During the late 30s, McGhee played trumpet in several territory bands in the Midwest before moving to Detroit, where he became well known in that city’s lively jazz scene. He first enjoyed major success with Lionel Hampton in 1941; however, he quickly moved on, joining Andy Kirk, for whom Read more

Frank Rosolino - 52% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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20 August 1926, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 November 1978, Los Angeles, California, USA. After dabbling with guitar, Rosolino took up the trombone while in his teens. After military service during World War II he played in a succession of big bands, including those of Bob Chester and Glen Gray. In 1948 he was one of several bebop-influenced musicians playing in Gene Krupa& Read more

Arnett Cobb - 50% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1918, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 24 March 1989, Houston, Texas, USA. Cobb began playing the tenor saxophone professionally in 1933. He spent several of his early years in the fine territory band led by Milt Larkin, a unit which numerous musicians of the older generation still hold in awe. Approached in 1941 by Lionel Hampton, who was then in the process of forming a n Read more

Philly Joe Jones - 50% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Rudolph Jones, 15 July 1923, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 30 August 1985, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Jones began his drumming career in his home town, later moving to New York where he worked with many leading bebop musicians. Despite this early exposure to Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other innovators, Jones was able to adapt to the stylistic need Read more

Red Mitchell - 45% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wardell Gray - 43% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 February 1921, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 25 May 1955, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Gray first played clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone and joining the Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines band in 1943. After two years he relocated to the west coast, where he became prominent among local beboppers, notably Dexter Gordon, with whom he played at C Read more

Allen Eager - 42% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 2000s
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10 January 1927, New York City, New York, USA. d. 13 April 2003, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. Eager had formal tuition on clarinet but in 1943 received lessons on tenor saxophone from Ben Webster, a switch that marked the start of his professional career. His early experience was gained in big bands on the more lightweight side of the swing era, including those led by Bobby Read more

Pepper Adams - 42% match to Cecil Payne

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Park Adams III, 8 October 1930, Highland Park, Michigan, USA, d. 10 September 1986, New York City, New York, USA. While Adams was still a child his family moved to Rochester, New York, where he became involved in the local jazz music scene. Inspired by Coleman Hawkins, Adams decided to become a tenor saxophone player, but quickly fell under the spell of Harry Carney, taking Read more


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