Gary Windo

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Gary Windo
Born(1941-11-07)November 7, 1941
Brighton, England
Died(1992-07-25)July 25, 1992
New York City
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, avant-garde jazz
Years active1960s–1992

Gary Windo (November 7, 1941, Brighton, England – July 25, 1992, New York City) was a jazz tenor saxophonist.

He came from a musical family in England. By age six he took up drums and accordion, then guitar at twelve and saxophone at seventeen. He lived in the United States during the 1960s but returned to England in 1969. In the early 1970s, his career grew as he founded the Gary Windo Quartet and worked with Carla Bley, Brotherhood of Breath, Centipede, Matching Mole, The Running Man, and Nick Mason

Sonny Stitt heard Windo play at the Berlin Jazz Festival and asked him to join the band, which he declined. He worked outside jazz, with the Psychedelic Furs, Robert Wyatt, NRBQ, and for the comedy television show Saturday Night Live. He taught music lessons with his friend Eric Peralli.

Windo could play any reed instrument, including soprano sax and bass clarinet. His time in America exposed him to all types of jazz, and he was at home in any idiom. He used harmonics often and could split a note into its components using his prodigious technique and a metal mouthpiece with a wide lay and a hard reed. He suffered from asthma and died of an asthma attack in 1992.


  • Dog Face (Europa, 1983)
  • Deep Water (Antilles, 1988)
  • His Master's Bones (1996)
  • Anglo American (2004)
  • Avant Gardeners (2007)
  • One Night Stand (Gonzo, 2015)
  • Steam Radio Tapes (Gonzo, 2014)

With Chris McGregor

  • 1972 Brotherhood
  • 1973 Live at Willisau
  • 1973 Travelling Somewhere
  • 2004 Bremen to Bridgewater
  • 2008 Eclipse at Dawn


  • 1983 Grooves in Orbit
  • 1983 Tapdancin' Bats
  • 1986 Uncommon Denominators
  • 1992 Honest Dollar
  • 1994 Message for the Mess Age

With Hugh Hopper

  • 1973 1984
  • 1977 Hopper Tunity Box
  • 1994 A Remark Hugh Made

With Robert Wyatt

  • 1974 Rock Bottom
  • 1975 Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
  • 2005 Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974
  • 2008 Drury Lane

With others


  1. ^ "Gary Windo | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2017.

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