Les Spann

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Leslie Spann, Jr. (May 23, 1932 - January 24, 1989) was an American jazz guitarist and flautist.

Spann was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States. He studied flute and music education at Tennessee State University from 1950–1957. He then played with Phineas Newborn (1957), Ronnell Bright (1958), and Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he performed on two Verve Records albums. Spann toured Europe in 1959-61, playing with Quincy Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Ben Webster, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Hodges. He led a quintet for a recording in 1960; his sidemen for the session included Julius Watkins and Tommy Flanagan. He also recorded with Nat Adderley, Benny Bailey, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller, Charlie Shavers, Red Garland, Jerome Richardson, Wild Bill Davis, Charles Mingus, Duke Pearson, Sonny Stitt, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Nat Adderley

With Benny Bailey

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Duke Ellington

With Curtis Fuller

With Red Garland

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Johnny Hodges

With Quincy Jones

With Sam Jones

With Abbey Lincoln

With Charles Mingus

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Duke Pearson

With Sonny Stitt

With Billy Taylor

With Ben Webster

With Randy Weston

With Kai Winding


"Les Spann", Grove Jazz online.