James Spaulding

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James Spaulding
Spaulding performing in 2006
Spaulding performing in 2006
Background information
Birth nameJames Ralph Spaulding Jr.
Born (1937-07-30) July 30, 1937 (age 85)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Instrument(s)Saxophone, Flute
LabelsStoryville, Muse, 32 Records, HighNote, Marge

James Ralph Spaulding Jr. (born July 30, 1937)[1] is an American jazz saxophonist and flutist.[2]

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United states,[1] Spaulding attended the Chicago Cosmopolitan School of Music.[1] Between 1957 and 1961, he was a member of Sun Ra's band.[1] In the 1960s, he worked as a studio musician at Blue Note Records, recording with Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, and Stanley Turrentine.[1] He was also a member of Freddie Hubbard's quintet and the World Saxophone Quartet.[3]

He went on to work with some post-bop musicians such as Max Roach, Randy Weston and Woody Shaw.[1] Under the leadership of Mercer Ellington, in the 1970s, Spaulding played in the Duke Ellington Orchestra.[1] In the 1980s, Spaulding worked with Ricky Ford and, as part of an octet, with David Murray.[1]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Louis Armstrong

With Kenny Barron

With Art Blakey

With Richard Davis

With Ricky Ford

With Grant Green

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Hank Mobley

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 Leon Thomas

With Charles Tolliver

With Stanley Turrentine

With McCoy Tyner

With Tyrone Washington

With Larry Young

With Kamal Abdul-Alim

  • Dance (1983)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 373/4. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Jazz, All About. "James Spaulding: '60s Sideman Extraordinaire". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "James Spaulding | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "James Spaulding | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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