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Today’s Memory – George Coleman

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George Coleman, 1935George Coleman

born March 8, 1935 in Memphis, Tennessee

George Edward Coleman is an American hard bop saxophonist, bandleader, and composer.

Part of the rich Memphis jazz scene of the early ’50s, he started playing in blues bands in the South (including with B.B. King in 1952 and 1955-1956). He moved to Chicago in 1957 (where he played with the MJT+3), and to New York the following year. Coleman was with the Max Roach Quintet (1958-1959), Slide Hampton’s octet (1959-1961), and Wild Bill Davis (1962). His highest visibility occurred when he was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet (1963-1964), playing alongside Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. His decision to leave the group after several notable recordings cut short his potential fame, but Coleman has created a great deal of rewarding music since.

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