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 (
- 40% match to Gary Bartz
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
19 November 1964, Hopkinsville, New York, USA. Herring idolizes Cannonball Adderley and was chosen by Cannonballs brother Nat Adderley to play in the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band. He recorded a number of albums with Adderley including Workin, We Remember Cannon, The Old Country, Autumn Leaves and Talkin Bout You. Before that, in July 1984, when his band
- 25% match to Gary Bartz
Lawrence Elliott Willis, 20 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Although destined to become a pianist of note, Willis also studied singing. His studies took him to the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. In the early 60s he began a decade long round of playing under leaders such as Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Kai Winding and Stan Getz.