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Dizzy Reece - 100% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Harold Land - 82% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Howard McGhee - 73% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Leo Parker - 72% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Al Grey - 66% match to Philly Joe Jones

Genres: 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

Cecil Payne - 66% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Frank Rosolino - 62% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Tadd Dameron - 54% match to Philly Joe Jones

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Tadley Ewing Peake Dameron, 21 February 1917, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 8 March 1965, New York City, New York, USA. Dameron’s early career found him working in several territory bands including those of Freddie Webster, Zack Whyte and Blanche Calloway, for whom he played piano and wrote arrangements. His first major impact on jazz came in 1939 when he joined Harlan Leona Read more

Jimmy Heath - 53% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Pepper Adams - 52% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Frank Morgan - 43% match to Philly Joe Jones

Genres: Jazz
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Gigi Gryce - 40% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Wardell Gray - 37% match to Philly Joe Jones

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

Elvin Jones - 35% match to Philly Joe Jones

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 September 1927, Pontiac, Michigan, USA, d. 18 May 2004, Englewood, New Jersey, USA. The youngest of the Jones brothers (see also Thad Jones and Hank Jones), Elvin grew up in a musical atmosphere. He played drums with local bands before and after military service and by the early 50s was playing regularly with Billy Mitchell’s small group. In the middle of the decade J Read more

Jimmy Cobb - 34% match to Philly Joe Jones

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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20 January 1929, Washington, DC, USA. A self-taught drummer, Cobb gained a great deal of experience working in his home town behind visiting jazz artists such as Charlie Rouse, Leo Parker and Billie Holiday. In 1951 he joined Earl Bostic and later that year married and became musical director for Dinah Washington. In the mid-50s, now located in New York, Cobb worked with man Read more


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