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James Spaulding

Biography

 

James Spaulding (born July 30, 1937 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a jazz alto saxophonist and flautist

After a period in the US Army he moved to Chicago in 1957. There he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra, making several recordings and remaining through 1959. He subsequently freelanced as a studio musician and occasionally led his own groups before returning to Indianapolis in 1961. On relocating to New York City in 1963, he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a sideman. He was also a member of the World Saxophone Quartet for a time.

 




Recordings

James Spaulding: Plays the Legacy of Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was one of the greatest composers ever lived. He will be recognized in American history for his contribution as a black man and as an artist. It is my fortune to be able to express musically  the love and respect that my colleagues and I share for the stature and magnificence of Duke’s musical genius. Duke has left his legacy of cultural enrichment to all mankind. An enrichment which will continue to be a source of inspiration and influence in the  evolution of Black America...