Hadley Caliman

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Hadley Caliman with the Freddie Hubbard Quintet at the Pori Jazz Festival, Finland, 1978.

Hadley Caliman (January 12, 1932 in Idabel Oklahoma – September 8, 2010[1]) was an American bebop saxophone and flute player.

After studying at Jefferson High School (Los Angeles) with trumpeter Art Farmer and fellow saxophonist Dexter Gordon,[2] Caliman performed or recorded with Carlos Santana,[2] Joe Henderson, Earl Hines, Freddie Hubbard,[3] Jon Hendricks,[1] Earl Anderza,[4] Patrice Rushen[5] and several other jazz notables.

In the late 1960s, he was briefly a member of a jazz-rock fusion group led by Ray Draper. He recorded his first solo album in 1971.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Caliman was active leading a quartet and quintet in the Seattle area, served on the music faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, and taught private lessons to area musicians.[6] He died of liver cancer in September 2010, at the age of 78.[7]


As leader[edit]

  • 1971: Hadley Caliman (Mainstream)
  • 1972: Iapetus (Mainstream)
  • 1976: Projecting (Catalyst)
  • 1977: Celebration (Catalyst)
  • 2008: Gratitude (Origin)
  • 2010: Straight Ahead (Origin)
  • 2010: Reunion with Pete Christlieb (Origin)

As sideman[edit]

With Todd Cochran

  • Bayeté: Worlds Around the Sun (Prestige, 1972)

With Don Ellis

With Hampton Hawes

With Eddie Henderson

With Joe Henderson

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Azar Lawrence

With Malo

  • Dos (1972)

With Julian Priester

With Patrice Rushen

With Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles

With Carlos Santana

With Akbar DePriest

With Nicholas Hoffman

With Fangs

With Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

With Gerald Wilson

With Thomas Marriott

With Pete Christlieb

  • Reunion (2009)

See also[edit]