Wardell Gray

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by Wardell Gray

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13 February 1921, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. 25 May 1955, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Gray first played clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone and joining the Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines band in 1943. After two years he relocated to the west coast, where he became prominent among local beboppers, notably Dexter Gordon, with whom he played at Central Avenue clubs such as The Bird In The Basket. Gray made some successful recordings with Gordon, among them ‘The... Read more

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bebop
jazz
saxophone
swing
funky
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