Leo Parker

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by Leo Parker

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18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the band’s so-called ‘unholy four’. Fellow saxophonists in the band included Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons but it was another Eckstine alumnus, his... Read more

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jazz
bebop
saxophone
hard bop
bop
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