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Teddy Charles - 31% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Charles Cohen, 13 April 1928, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, USA. After studying percussion at the New York Juilliard School of Music, Charles worked in a number of late-swing era big bands, including those led by Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. From the late 40s onwards he performed with numerous small groups, some of which were still dedicated to swing, but his inte Read more

Joe Locke - 20% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph P. Locke, 18 March 1959, Palo Alto, California, USA. Although he was to become one of the most strikingly gifted jazz vibraphonists of his generation, Locke began on drums. At the start of his teenage years, he switched to the instrument on which he was to make his name, studying in Rochester, New York. He played with local bands in the north-eastern states, sometimes Read more

Sonny Simmons - 20% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Huey Simmons, 4 August 1933, Sicily Island, Louisiana, USA. Simmons’ family moved to Oakland, California, when he was eight years old. Though he was interested in music, his parents could not afford to pay for lessons for him, and it was not until 1950 that he was able to buy his own alto saxophone. A few years later he met flautist Prince Lasha and worked with him for Read more

Andrew Cyrille - 18% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 November 1939, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Cyrille graduated from the Juilliard School in 1958 and studied drums with Philly Joe Jones in the same year. In the early 60s he worked with the risqué nightclub singer Nellie Lutcher and tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet. In 1965 he started a 15-year association with Cecil Taylor, also working with mus Read more

Billy Harper - 17% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 January 1943, Houston, Texas, USA. A child soloist in the church choir, Harper took up the tenor saxophone at the age of 12. He formed his first quintet at 14, and played in high school bands before graduating summa cum laude. At Texas State University he gained a degree in saxophone and theory, working professionally as a singer/saxophonist at the same time. He worked in Read more

Byard Lancaster - 16% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Byard Lancaster, 6 August 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Multi-instrumentalist Lancaster (alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, flutes, clarinets, piano) was, with Sonny Sharrock, Dave Burrell and Eric Gravatt, part of a second generation of African-American ‘new jazz’ players who viewed themselves as John Coltrane’s spiritual heirs or ‘John Read more

Julian Priester - 16% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frank Lowe - 15% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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24 June 1943, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 September 2003, New York City, New York, USA. Although originally categorized as a ‘new thing’ (the US 60s free-jazz movement) player, Lowe grew into one of the most distinctive and thoughtful of contemporary tenor saxophonists. Growing up in Memphis, one of his first jobs was at the Satellite record shop and its offshoo Read more

Johnny Lytle - 15% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Dillard Lytle, 13 October 1932, Springfield, Ohio, USA. A gifted percussionist, Lytle has played drums and, most notably, vibraphone with several well-known leaders. His early engagements included spells with Ray Charles and Gene Ammons and he later led his own bluesy small groups, often using top-flight jazzmen, such as Frank Wess and Ron Carter. During the 60s Lytle f Read more

Frank Wright - 14% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 July 1935, Grenada, Mississippi, USA, d. 17 May 1990, Wuppertal, Germany. Wright grew up in Memphis and, later, in Cleveland alongside Albert Ayler, whose influence persuaded him to switch to tenor saxophone from double bass (on which instrument he had backed visiting blues stars such as B.B. King and Bobby Bland). He developed a ferocious, vocalized saxophone style that Read more

Carmell Jones - 13% match to Walt Dickerson

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

Gigi Gryce - 13% match to Walt Dickerson

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

Bobby Hutcherson - 11% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 January 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA. After formal tuition on piano, Hutcherson switched to playing jazz vibraphone when he heard records by Milt Jackson. He worked briefly on the west coast then, in 1961, moved to New York, where he established himself as an inventive, forward-thinking musician. He played with many of the outstanding artists of the 60s, among them Read more

Misha Mengelberg - 11% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 April 1935, Kiev, Ukraine. Born of a Dutch father, Mengelberg was raised in Holland where, for 40 years, he has personified the Dutch avant garde. He characterizes himself as ‘a rotten piano player’ - if that is the case, wittier use has rarely been made of limitations. Mengelberg has consistently aligned himself with iconoclastic and provocative musicians, from Read more

Slide Hampton - 11% match to Walt Dickerson

Genres: Jazz
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