Gerry Mulligan, saxophonist
birth name: Gerald Joseph Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan

April 6, 1927, New York, NY ~ January 20, 1996, Darien, CT

“With Gerry Mulligan you feel as if you're listening to the past, present and future of jazz all at one time,” said Dave Brubeck, who had a musical partnership with the baritone saxophonist for four years, from 1968 to 1972. ~ The Independent: Gerry Mulligan Obituary ~ January 22, 1996 © The Independent

Mulligan is among the most versatile figures in modern jazz. Although slow to develop as an instrumentalist, he has long been recognized as the most important baritone saxophonist in jazz since Harry Carney. Besides the cool idiom that he helped to create, he is equally at home in a big-band, bop, or even Dixieland context (playing clarinet in the latter), and his excellent recordings with musicians as varied as Johnny Hodges and Thelonious Monk show an unusual musical adaptability. ~ All About Jazz: Gerry Mulligan ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © All About Jazz

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Gerry Mulligan ~ Voted into the 1993 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

Gerry Mulligan ~ Gerry Mulligan Quartet (1952) ~ Ranked #65 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Mulligan first made a significant contribution to recorded jazz through his arrangements for Miles' so-called Birth of the Cool sessions for Capitol, but it was the 1952 pianoless quartet that hit the headlines and made him (as well as trumpeter sidekick Chet Baker) virtually overnight celebrities. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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