|Tags:||jazz saxophone sax cool jazz saxophonist|
|Decades:||1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
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Richard Kamuca, 23 July 1930, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 July 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. After working in groups in and around his home town, Kamuca joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra on tenor saxophone in 1952. Two years later he was in Woody Hermans band and then settled on the west coast, where he played and recorded with, among others, Shelly Manne and Shorty Rogers. Kamuca was also on the 1955 Cy Touff Octet and Quintet sessions for Pacific Jazz which featured Harry Edison and used charts by Johnny Mandel. The following year Kamuca was again on sessions for Pacific, as a member of the Chet Baker - Art Pepper Sextet and also on a Bill Perkins album that included Pepper. In 1959, he again recorded with Pepper and was also featured on the highly successful live recordings made by Manne at the Black Hawk club in San Francisco.
In the early 60s, Kamuca moved to New York, where he worked in a small group with Roy...