Handy in 1977.
Warner Bros. Records
American Music Records
Koch International Records
John Richard Handy III (born February 3, 1933, in Dallas, Texas) is an American jazz musician most commonly associated with the alto saxophone, although he also plays tenor and baritone saxophone, saxello, clarinet, oboe, and sings.
Handy first came to prominence while working for Charles Mingus in the 1950s. In the 1960s, Handy led several groups, among them a quintet with Michael White, violin, Jerry Hahn, guitar, Don Thompson, bass, and Terry Clarke, drums. This group's performance at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival was recorded and released as an album; Handy received Grammy nominations for "Spanish Lady" (jazz performance) and "If Only We Knew" (jazz composition).
Handy has also taught music history and performance at San Francisco State University, Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and other schools.
Handy's son, John Richard Handy IV, is a drummer who has played with Handy on occasion.
- In the Vernacular (Roulette Records, 1959)
- No Coast Jazz (Roulette Records, 1960)
- Jazz (Roulette Records, 1962)
- Recorded Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia Records, 1966)
- The 2nd John Handy Album (Columbia, 1966)
- Quote Unquote (Roulette, 1967)
- New View! (Columbia, 1967)
- Projections (Columbia, 1968)
- Two Originals: Karuna Supreme/Rainbow [with Ali Akbar Khan] (MPS, 1975)
- Hard Work (Impulse! Records, 1976)
- Carnival (Impulse! 1977)
- Where Go the Boats (Warner Bros. Records, 1978)
- Handy Dandy Man (Warner Bros., 1978)
- Excursion in Blue (Quartet Records, 1988)
- Centerpiece [with CLASS] (Milestone Records, 1989)
- Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Koch International Records, 1996)
- Live at Yoshi's Nightspot (Boulevard Records, 1996)
- John Handy's Musical Dreamland (Boulevard, 1996)
With Brass Fever
With Charles Mingus
- Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland (United Artists, 1959)
- Mingus Ah Um (Columbia, 1959)
- Mingus Dynasty (Columbia, 1959)
- Blues & Roots (Atlantic, 1960)
- Right Now: Live at the Jazz Workshop (Fantasy, 1964)