Kenny Hagood

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Hagood with Dizzy Gillespie

Kenny "Pancho" Hagood (April 2, 1926 – November 9, 1989) was an American jazz vocalist.[1]


Hagood was born in Detroit, Michigan, and first sang at the age of 17 with Benny Carter. He sang with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra from 1946 to 1948 and then with Tadd Dameron later in 1948. He recorded two pieces with Thelonious Monk in 1948 and with Miles Davis on the Birth of the Cool sessions in 1950. He then moved to Chicago and later Paris. There in 1960 he had a short-lived marriage to Alice McLeod (later known as Alice Coltrane), who bore him a daughter.[2] Hagood recorded with Guy Lafitte in the 1960s. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1965 to 1980. In the early 1980s he returned first to Chicago, and later to the Detroit area.



  1. ^ Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, p. 283.
  2. ^ Voce, Steve (16 January 2007). "Alice Coltrane – Obituaries". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)