Don Lanphere

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Don Lanphere
Birth name Don Lanphere
Born 26 June 1928
Origin Wenatchee, Washington
Died 9 October 2003
Genres Jazz
Instruments saxophone, alto clarinet
Labels Hep Records
Origin Records
Associated acts Fats Navarro

Don Lanphere (26 June 1928 – 9 October 2003) was an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist born in Wenatchee, Washington, perhaps best known for his 1940s and 1950s work and recordings with Fats Navarro (in 1948), Woody Herman (1949), Claude Thornhill, Sonny Dunham, Billy May and Charlie Barnet, among others.

In 1951 he was arrested and charged with heroin possession, and worked his family's music store following his release from jail. In the late 1950s and early 1960s Lanphere performed with Herb Pomeroy and also with Woody Herman again. In the 1980s he began working again and started releasing albums, doing tours in New York and Kansas City in 1983 and a European tour in 1985.

He was also a celebrated jazz educator in the Pacific Northwest, giving lessons out of his home in Kirkland, Washington. He instructed clinics and small groups, as well as performed, at the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, an annual, week-long summer camp in Port Townsend, Washington for jazz students of all ages. The Bud Shank Jazz Workshop coincided with the annual Port Townsend Jazz Festival.

Select discography[edit]

  • Stop (Hep Records 2034) 1983
  • Into Somewhere (Hep Records 2022) 1983
  • Don Lanphere (Hep Records)
  • Don Lanphere & Larry Coryell (Hep Records)
  • Go...Again (Hep Records 2040)
  • Don Loves Midge (Hep Records)
  • Get Happy (Origin Records)
  • Home At Last (Origin Records)
  • Like A Bird (Origin Records)
  • Where Do You Start? (Origin Records)
  • Remember Why w/ New Stories (Origin Records)
  • Year 'Round Christmas (Origin Records)
  • Where Do You Start? (Origin Records)

With Fats Navarro

With the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

  • SRJO Live (Origin Records)
  • Sacred Music of Duke Ellington (Origin Records)

With Earl Coleman

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