John Stubblefield

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John Stubblefield
BornFebruary 4, 1945
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedJuly 4, 2005 (aged 60)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Instrument(s)Saxophone, flute, oboe

John Stubblefield (February 4, 1945 – July 4, 2005) was an American jazz saxophonist, flautist, and oboist.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Stubblefield was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.[3] He studied music at the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with Muhal Richard Abrams in Chicago before moving to New York City in 1971.[4]


After moving to New York, Stubblefield played with the Mingus Big Band for 13 years. During his career, Stubblefield played with the World Saxophone Quartet (1986–1988), Reggie Workman (1989–1993), McCoy Tyner (1984), Freddie Hubbard (1985), and George Russell (1985). Stubblefield also served for a time as a jazz ensemble director at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, following the departure of Paul Jeffrey in 1983.[5]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Nat Adderley

With Kenny Barron

With Lester Bowie

With Anthony Braxton

With Stanley Cowell

With Miles Davis

With Craig Harris

With Billy Hart

With Louis Hayes

With Julius Hemphill

With Franklin Kiermyer

With Abdullah Ibrahim

With Joseph Jarman

With Victor Lewis

With Maurice McIntyre

With Sam Rivers

With McCoy Tyner

With Larry Willis

With Paul (PB) Brown

  • Paul Brown Quartet Meets The Three Tenors (1998)


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Jazz professional Archived October 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "John Stubblefield Papers Now Available in Special Collections". University of Arkansas News. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "John Stubblefield, 60, Saxophonist Who Worked With Jazz's Best, Dies". The New York Times. July 11, 2005. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "Musician John Stubblefield". Retrieved November 22, 2021.