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Eric Dolphy - 100% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 June 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 29 June 1964, Berlin, Germany. A fluent performer on several reed instruments, Dolphy began to play clarinet while still at school. On the west coast of America in the second half of the 40s he worked with Roy Porter’s band, before spending a couple of years in the US army. After his discharge, he played with several leadin Read more

Booker Ervin - 90% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1930, Denison, Texas, USA, d. 31 August 1970, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, Ervin played trombone but switched to tenor saxophone in the early 50s during his military service. (He led his own small group when he was stationed on Okinawa.) After returning to civilian life, Ervin studied at Berklee College Of Music under Joe Viola, then worked with Ernie Read more

Archie Shepp - 89% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Shepp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying dramatic literature at college he began playing on various instruments including the alto saxophone. His first professional engagement was on clarinet and he later played tenor saxophone with R&B bands. Settling in New York he tried to find work as an actor but was Read more

Yusef Lateef - 89% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Evans, 9 October 1920, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lateef began playing tenor saxophone in his late teens. In New York in the mid-40s he played in bands led by Lucky Millinder, Roy Eldridge and other leading jazz musicians of the swing era, but later in the decade, in Chicago, he played with Dizzy Gillespie. Thereafter, his work was cons Read more

Jaki Byard - 88% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Byard, 15 June 1922, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, d. 11 February 1999, New York City, New York, USA. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Byard learned trumpet and piano as a child and later took up guitar, drums, trombone and tenor saxophone. In 1949 he played piano in Earl Bostic’s R&B band, and followed that with a spell as a solo pianist and then joined Herb P Read more

Andrew Hill - 87% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 April 2007, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. Port Au Prince, Haiti, is usually given as Hill’s birthplace, but he actually hailed from Chicago. He studied composition privately with Paul Hindemith and Bill Russo, and played accordion and tap-danced on the streets where Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines heard him. In his teens he was i Read more

Jackie McLean - 86% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Lenwood McLean, 17 May 1932, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 March 2006, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (some sources cite 1931 as his year of birth). Coming as he did from a musical background (McLean’s father played guitar with the Tiny Bradshaw band), Jackie was encouraged by family friends who included Bud Powell. It was through Powell that alto saxophonist McL Read more

Albert Ayler - 85% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 25 November 1970, New York City, New York, USA. In common with many of the radical figures of the 60s avant garde, tenor and alto saxophonist Ayler paid his dues in R&B bands. He started his musical education on alto, and played in the church attended by his family. At the age of 10 he began studying at the local academy of music, c Read more

George Russell - 81% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Pharoah Sanders - 81% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Farrell Saunders, 13 October 1940, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. By the time he left high school Sanders was proficient on several instruments, but eventually chose the tenor saxophone. After working in R&B bands he settled in New York in the early 60s where he became a frequent musical associate of Don Cherry, Albert Ayler and others active in the ‘free jazz’ mo Read more

Booker Little - 78% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 April 1938, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 5 October 1961, New York City, New York, USA. One of the most promising of all trumpeters in the second bebop wave of the 50s, Booker Little was equipped with a superb technique, crystal clarity of intonation and rhythmic originality. His imagination extended beyond the strict harmonic disciplines of bop however, and hinted at the vi Read more

Ornette Coleman - 78% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 March 1930, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The evolution of any art form is a complex process and it is always an over-simplification to attribute a development to a single person. If there is anyone apart from Louis Armstrong for whom that claim could be made, however, Ornette Coleman would be a tenable candidate. Charlie Parker and John Coltrane were great forces for progress, Read more

Grachan Moncur III - 77% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1937, New York City, New York, USA. An early starter (his father played bass with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans), Moncur had already mastered several other instruments when, at the age of 11, he turned to the trombone. In his teens, Moncur worked with local bands and also studied music. In the early 60s he was with Ray Charles, and was a member of the Art Farmer-Benn Read more

Cecil Taylor - 76% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 March 1929, New York City, New York, USA. A towering figure in post-war avant garde jazz, Taylor has been hailed as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century because of the phenomenal power, speed and intensity of his playing. ‘We in black music think of the piano as a percussive instrument, ’ he told writer John Litweiler, ‘we beat the keyboard, Read more

Max Roach - 76% match to Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Maxwell Lenard Roach, 10 January 1924, New Land, North Carolina, USA, d. 16 August 2007, New York City, New Yok, USA. One of the most technically gifted musicians in the history of jazz, Roach was a major figure in the development of the music and his consistently high standard of performance never faltered.Learning to play drums in his pre-teenage ye Read more


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