Jimmy Halperin

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Jimmy Halperin
Born1958 (age 63–64)
Queens, New York City
InstrumentsTenor saxophone,
soprano saxophone
Associated actsLennie Tristano
Warne Marsh
Dominic Duval

Jimmy Halperin (born 1958 in Queens, New York City) is an American Saxophonist (tenor and soprano) and composer in avant-garde jazz and new improvised music.[1]


Halperin has since 1970 been involved in the music of Lennie Tristano, and he got lessons with Tristano selv and Sal Mosca at a young age. The first recordings in 1986 he did within the Warne Marsh Quintet (Back Home at the label CrissCross). Since 1982, Halperin worked with bassist Dominic Duval and the first joint recordings were made until 2003.[1]

In 1997 Halperin released his debut album under his own name on the label Zinnia: a Tristano dedicated duet with Sal Mosca (Psalm). In 1998 he joined the Thomas Andersen Quintet (NorCD), and in 2001, he participated in a trio with bassist Don Messina and drummer Bill Chattin at Cadence Jazz Records. At this time he also worked at CIMP as a session musician with Duval and Jay Rosen.[2]

In 2003 the result of closer cooperation in CIMP-was released on the album Joy And Gravitas, with interpretations of Jazz Standards, i.e. "A Night in Tunisia", "Love for Sale", "My Funny Valentine", "Don't Explain", "Naima" og "Round Midnight!, followed by the Duo album Monkinus by Halperin and Duval on the label CIMP. In 2009 Halperin and Duval recorded the music of Thelonious Monk on the albumet Monk Dreams, released on the Lithuanian label NoBusiness Records. In June 2009 they played at the Jazzfest Villach.[3]

Halperin has also played with pianist Andreas Schmidt, Alex Hagen 'Stringproject', and in 2007, recorded in duo with guitarist Joe Giglio - "Sound Scape". In 2015 the album "Snow Tiger" was released, a collaboration with Swedish guitarist Pål Nyberg, with whom he toured extensively in 2015 to 2017. In 2016 he was featured artist with the Norwegian Kristoffer Eikrem Quintet at the Moldejazz.[2]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1997: Psalm (Zinnia Records), with Sal Mosca
  • 2001: Cycle Logical (Cadenc Jazz Records), with Don Messina and Bill Chattin
  • 2003: Joy and Gravitas (COIMP), with Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen
  • 2005: East of the Sun (Blue Jack), with Axel Hagen, Thomas Winther Andersen
  • 2009: Changing Tranes (City Hall, NoBusiness Records), with Dominic Duval


With Warne Marsh Quartet & Quintet
With Dominic Duval
  • 2005: Monkinus (CIMP)
  • 2009: Monk Dreams (NoBusiness Records)
  • 2010: Music Of John Coltrane (NoBusiness Records)
With Halperin-Nyberg Connection
  • 2015 :"Snow Tiger" (Sthlm Jazz Records)

With Joe Giglio 2007: "Sound Scape" (https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jgigliojhalperin)

With Kjetil Jerve and Drew Gress
  • 2016: New York Improvisations (Dugnad Rec)[4]
Jimmy Halperin with Pål Nyberg Trio
  • 2017: "Live at A-trane - Berlin"

(Klangverk Recordings)


  • Katalog Over Bielefeld In 1988 and 2002
  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6. Utgave, London, Penguin, 2002 ISBN 0-14-017949-6.


  1. ^ a b "Jimmy Halperin". Biography. Allmusic. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  2. ^ a b "KRISTOFFER EIKREM QUINTET FEAT. JIMMY HALPERIN" (in Norwegian). Moldejazz. Archived from the original on 2016-10-30. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  3. ^ Broomer, Stuart (2009-08-02). "Thelonious Monk Tributes: Bobby Broom & Dominic Duval/Jimmy Halperin". Allmusic. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Halperin". Discography. Discogs.com.

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