Art Pepper

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Art Pepper

Art Pepper in 1979, Los Angeles
Background information
Birth name Arthur Edward Pepper, Jr.
Born September 1, 1925(1925-09-01)
Origin United States Gardena, California
Died June 15, 1982(1982-06-15) (aged 56)
Genres jazz
Occupations Saxophonist
Instruments Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Soprano Saxophone
Clarinet

Arthur Edward "Art" Pepper, Jr. (September 1, 1925June 15, 1982) was an American jazz alto saxophonist. He was born in Gardena, California United States. Pepper began his musical career in the 1940s playing with Benny Carter. Along with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Shelly Manne and others, he performed and recorded a lot of very good music.

Some of his most famous albums are Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, The Aladdin Recordings (three volumes), Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics, Gettin' Together, and Smack Up.

He wrote a book in 1980 called Straight Life. The book is about his life and his music. It was very popular because it was honest, and very good. There was also a movie made called Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor, which is available on DVD.

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