James Spaulding

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

James Ralph Spaulding Jnr., 30 July 1937, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. In the mid-50s Spaulding studied at Chicago’s Cosmopolitan School of Music, specializing in alto saxophone and flute, and also played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra and in Sonny Thompson’s R&B group. In 1962, Spaulding moved to New York and came to prominence playing as a sideman on numerous Blue Note Records releases, particularly on sessions led by Freddie Hubbard (Hubtones and Breaking Point) but also on albums by Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silver and Wayne Shorter. Later work saw him playing with many leading post-bop artists, among them Max Roach, Woody Shaw and Randy Weston. In the 70s he played in the Duke Ellington Orchestra under Mercer Ellington and his debut as a leader was a tribute to Duke. Astonishingly, Spaulding has only made a handful of albums in his own name in over 30 years as a player. His second, Brilliant Corners, was also a tribute - this time to Thelonious...

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