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Art Pepper

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Art Pepper
Art Pepper in 1979, Los Angeles
Art Pepper in 1979, Los Angeles
Background information
Birth nameArthur Edward Pepper, Jr.
Born(1925-09-01)September 1, 1925
OriginUnited States Gardena, California
DiedJune 15, 1982(1982-06-15) (aged 56)
InstrumentsAlto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Soprano Saxophone

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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