Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan

Queens Village, Queens County, New York, USA
Death 20 Jan 1996 (aged 68)
Darien, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 20756 · View Source
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Jazz Musician. Born in Long Island, New York, he was a noted jazz baritone saxophone player, composer and arranger. In 1946, he joined the Gene Krupa band and arranged as well as played with Krupa on "Birdhouse", "Disc Jockey Jump" and "How High the Moon". Next he began arranging as well as playing for artist Miles Davis, Claude Thornhill, Bill Barber and John Lewis. During the 1950s and 1960s, with his Mulligan quartet, he recorded the album "Birth of the Cool", plus compositions "Elevation", "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", "Walking Shoes" and "Young Blood". In his later career, he performed as a soloist or sideman with all the prominent musicians of the jazz community as well as continuing to compose and arrange scores. In 1981, he received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Big Band, with his album "Walk on the Water". He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1984, American Jazz Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1994. He died in Darien, Connecticut.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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