Craig Handy

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Craig Handy
Handy performing in 2013
Handy performing in 2013
Background information
Born (1962-09-24) September 24, 1962 (age 61)
Oakland, California, U.S.

Craig Mitchell Handy (born September 25, 1962)[1] is an American tenor saxophonist.[2]

Born in Oakland, California, he attended North Texas State University from 1981 to 1984, and following this played with Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, George Adams, Ray Drummond, Conrad Herwig, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and David Weiss among many others. He is a member of the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra.

Handy plays the role of Coleman Hawkins in the 1996 film Kansas City. He is credited for performing the Cosby Show season 6 theme.


As leader[edit]

Title Year of Release Label
Split Second Timing 1991 Arabesque
Introducing Three for All + One 1993 Arabesque
Reflections in Change 1999 Sirocco
Flow 2000 Sirocco
Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith 2014 Okeh/Sony

As sideman[edit]

With Cecil Brooks III

With George Cables

With Betty Carter

With The Cookers

With Ray Drummond

With Joe Henderson

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Abdullah Ibrahim

With Charles Mingus

With Ralph Peterson

With John Scofield

With Charles Sullivan

With Charles Tolliver

With Jack Walrath


  1. ^ "All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  2. ^ Scott Yanow. "Craig Handy | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-14.

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