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Lou Donaldson

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by Lou Donaldson


1 November 1926, Badin, North Carolina, USA. Donaldson started on clarinet but, while playing in a band in the US Navy alongside Willie Smith and Clark Terry, he switched to alto saxophone. In the early 50s he was in New York, playing with Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey and other leading jazzmen. In 1954 he and Clifford Brown joined Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. During the 60s and 70s Donaldson toured extensively, usually as leader of a small band, playing concerts... Read more


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