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Paul Desmond

American recording artist; jazz musician

Paul Desmond

American recording artist; jazz musician
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birthday
25th
November, 1924
Death
30th
May, 1977
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld, November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group’s biggest hit, “Take Five”. He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene.
In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Ed Bickert. After years of chain smoking and poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 after a tour with Brubeck.

instruments played
alto
clarinet
saxophone
Associated Acts

Dave Brubeck, Ed Bickert, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Chet Baker

Birth Name

Paul Emil Breitenfeld

Genres

Cool jazz, West Coast jazz, mainstream jazz

Labels

Columbia, RCA Victor, Horizon, CTI

Occupations

Musician, composer, arranger

Name

Paul Desmond

Nationality

United States of America

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