James Spaulding

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James Spaulding
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Spaulding performing in 2006
Background information
Born (1937-07-30)July 30, 1937
Indianapolis, Indiana
Occupation(s) Jazz alto saxophonist

James Spaulding (born July 30, 1937) is a jazz alto saxophonist and flautist.[1]


Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a period in the US Army he moved to Chicago in 1957. There he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra, making several recordings and remaining through 1959. He subsequently freelanced as a studio musician and occasionally led his own groups before returning to Indianapolis in 1961. On relocating to New York City in 1963, he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a sideman. He was also a member of the World Saxophone Quartet for a time.

His brother, John Spaulding, is a sculptor who worked with brass instruments.


As leader[edit]

  • 1976: James Spaulding Plays the Legacy of Duke (Storyville Records)
  • 1988: Gotstabe a Better Way (Muse Records)
  • 1988: Brilliant Corners (Muse)
  • 1991: Songs of Courage(Muse)
  • 1993: Blues Nexus (Muse)
  • 1996: Smile of the Snake (HighNote Records)
  • 1999: Brilliant Colors (32)
  • 1999: Escapade (High Note)
  • 2005: Round to It Vol. 2
  • 2006: Down With It / Live at the Sunset / Marge 37 (Disques Futura et Marge)

As sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey

With Richard Davis

With Grant Green

  • Solid (Blue Note, 1964)

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Lee Morgan

With David Murray

With William Parker

With Duke Pearson

With Sam Rivers

With Max Roach

With Pharoah Sanders

With Woody Shaw

With Wayne Shorter

With Horace Silver

With Sun Ra

With Charles Tolliver

With Stanley Turrentine

With Tyrone Washington

With Larry Young

With Kamal Abdul-Alim


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