John Stubblefield

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s


4 February 1945, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, d. 4 July 2005, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. After first playing piano as a child, Stubblefield switched to saxophone, becoming a skilled and emotionally deep tenor saxophonist. His musical background blended late swing era big band music, gospel, R&B, soul and bop. After playing with local R&B bands, he studied at college at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he formed a band with bass player James Leary. Later, in Chicago, he became involved with AACM (the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). During the late 60s he recorded with Joseph Jarman and ‘Kalaparush’ Maurice McIntyre. In the early 70s he was in New York, playing with another innovative group, Collective Black Artists Orchestra. During this period Stubblefield, who also played flute, was a member of a band led by Mary Lou Williams. Other musicians with whom Stubblefield played on tenor and alto saxophone during the 70s,...

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