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Frank Wess - 100% match to Leo Wright

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

Pepper Adams - 75% match to Leo Wright

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

Sonny Red - 61% match to Leo Wright

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

Carmell Jones - 57% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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William Carmell Jones, 19 July 1936, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, d. 7 November 1996, Kansas City, USA. After attracting favourable attention for his trumpet playing in bands in the Kansas City area, Jones moved to Los Angeles in 1961, where he joined Bud Shank for an engagement at the Drift Inn, Malibu. He recorded with this group and later worked with Gerald Wilson and the Re Read more

Harold Land - 57% match to Leo Wright

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

Gigi Gryce - 54% match to Leo Wright

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

Jimmy Heath - 53% match to Leo Wright

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

Al Cohn - 50% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 November 1925, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1988, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. As a teenager Cohn gained experience playing the tenor saxophone with Joe Marsala and Georgie Auld, for whom he also arranged. A forward-thinking musician, Cohn worked extensively in big bands during the mid-late 40s, most famously as a member of Woody Herman’s Four Brot Read more

Red Holloway - 50% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Blues Jazz
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Thad Jones - 50% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thaddeus Joseph Jones, 28 March 1923, Pontiac, Michigan, USA, d. 20 August 1986, Copenhagen, Denmark. A self-taught trumpet player, Jones began playing with a band led by his older brother, Hank Jones, in his early teens. He developed his technique and advanced his musical knowledge during military service and in several dance bands. In the early 50s he played in a band led Read more

Slide Hampton - 44% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
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Louis Hayes - 43% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Louis Sedell Hayes, 31 May 1937, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Hayes began playing drums at an early age and was leading his own band in Detroit when he was in his mid-teenage years. Still in his teens, he moved to New York where he joined the Horace Silver Quintet. He was with Silver for over two years, finding time to record with John Coltrane and other leading jazz artists. Tow Read more

Jimmy Forrest - 39% match to Leo Wright

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

Rusty Bryant - 39% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
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Tubby Hayes - 39% match to Leo Wright

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Brian Hayes, 30 January 1935, London, England, d. 8 June 1973, London, England. Born into a musical family, Hayes studied violin as a child but took up the tenor saxophone before reaching his teens. He matured rapidly and at the age of 15 became a professional musician. In the early 50s he played with several leading jazzmen, including Kenny Baker, Vic Lewis and Jack Read more


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