Odean Pope

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Odean Pope
Birth name Odean Pope
Born (1928-10-24)October 24, 1928
Origin Ninety Six, South Carolina
Genres Jazz
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Labels Moers Music
Soul Note Records
Porter Records
In+Out Records
Associated acts Catalyst
Website http://www.odeanpope.com

Odean Pope (born October 24, 1928 in Ninety Six, South Carolina) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.[1]

Pope was raised in Philadelphia, where he learned from Ray Bryant while young.[2] Early in his career, at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater, Pope played behind a number of noted rhythm and blues artists including James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.[3]

He played briefly in the 1960s with Jimmy McGriff, and late in the 1960s he began working with Max Roach, including on tours of Europe in 1967-68. He was a member of Philadelphia group Catalyst in the early and mid-1970s, and assembled the Saxophone Choir, which consists of nine saxophones and a rhythm section (piano, bass and drums), in 1977. He became a regular member of Roach's quartet in 1979 and has recorded extensively with him, in addition to numerous releases as a leader.

Pope has publicly spoken about his bipolar disorder, which he has had for over 30 years.[4]

Pope was quoted in 2001 as saying, “Every time I pick that horn up there's always something that I discover I can do differently if I really seek. If you were on planet Earth for, like, 2 billion years, I feel as though there's always something new that you can find to do. There's no end.” [3]


As leader[edit]

  • Almost Like Me (1982)
  • The Saxophone Shop (Soul Note, 1985)
  • The Ponderer (Soul Note, 1990)
  • Out for a Walk (1990)
  • Epitome (Soul Note, 1993)
  • Ninety Six (1996)
  • Collective Voices (1996)
  • Ebioto (1999)
  • Changes & Changes (1999)
  • Philadelphia Spirit in New York, (2001) CIMP [5]
  • Nothing Is Wrong (2004)
  • Two Dreams (2004)
  • Locked & Loaded: Live at the Blue Note (2006) U.S. Jazz #24[6]
  • The Misled Children Meet Odean Pope (2008)
  • Odean's List (2009) In+Out Records
  • Odean's Three (2012) In+Out Records

As sideman[edit]

With Max Roach


  1. ^ http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=10365
  2. ^ Scott Yanow, Odean Pope at Allmusic
  3. ^ a b The Northern California Bohemian, article, “The Seeker, Saxman Odean Pope strives for the sacred,” by Greg Cahill, February 22–28, 2001
  4. ^ Jazz great Pope tells of bipolar struggles
  5. ^ [1], Allmusic.com
  6. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com

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