Craig Handy

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Craig Handy
Genres Jazz
Instruments Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, alto flute, clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet

Craig Mitchell Handy (born 1962)[1] is an American post-bop tenor saxophonist.[2]

Born in Oakland, California, Handy 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

As sideman[edit]

With Charles Mingus

With John Scofield

With Abdullah Ibrahim

With Joe Henderson

With Freddie Hubbard

With Betty Carter


Further reading
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Ninth edition, edited by Laura Diane Kuhn (born 1953), Schirmer Books, New York (2001)
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second edition, Three volumes, edited by Barry Dean Kernfeld (born 1950), Macmillan Publishers, London (2002)

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