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Hank Marr - 93% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz
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Shirley Scott - 63% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1934, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 10 March 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Although she had studied both piano and trumpet as a child, Scott’s breakthrough occurred when she switched to organ in the mid-50s. Mostly working in small groups with a saxophone leader and a drummer, she became very popular. Her musical associates included outstanding j Read more

Harold Land - 59% match to Don Patterson

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

Trudy Pitts - 58% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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1933, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pitts began playing piano at the age of six, encouraged by her musician mother. She played piano in church, later adding organ at the same venue. Pitts also worked with the church’s senior choir before going on to study at Philadelphia’s Musical Academy, then at Connecticut College for Women, Temple University and the Juilliar Read more

Red Holloway - 49% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Blues Jazz
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Leo Parker - 47% match to Don Patterson

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

Pepper Adams - 47% match to Don Patterson

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

Rusty Bryant - 44% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz
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Jimmy Heath - 41% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Heath, 25 October 1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The most versatile of the Heath brothers, saxophonist Jimmy joined the Howard McGhee band in 1947 with his older brother Percy Heath. Towards the end of the 40s he worked with Dizzy Gillespie, playing alto saxophone in small and big bands. Stylistically, Heath’s playing was broader and more personaliz Read more

Jimmy Forrest - 40% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Robert Forrest, 24 January 1920, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 26 August 1980, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Forrest’s early experience on tenor saxophone came in territory bands, including the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Don Albert’s San Antonio-based band and the group led by Fate Marable. In 1940, he joined Jay ‘Hootie’ McShann in Kansas City, where o Read more

Cecil Payne - 38% match to Don Patterson

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

Dizzy Reece - 36% match to Don Patterson

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

Arnett Cobb - 33% match to Don Patterson

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

Brother Jack McDuff - 31% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sonny Red - 31% match to Don Patterson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Sylvester Kyner, 17 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 20 March 1981, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Kyner made his first impact while still in his teens, playing alto saxophone with Barry Harris. This engagement spanned the end of the 40s and early 50s, and Kyner then spent a little while playing tenor saxophone before reverting to his first love, the alto. During the 50s h Read more


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