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DiedJune 15, 1982, Los Angeles, California, United States
FactJazz saxophonist.

Art Pepper was an American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. He was born on September 1, 1925, in Gardena, California, to parents Otto and Edna Pepper. His father was a trombonist and his mother was a pianist. He had two older sisters, Virginia and Patricia. He began playing the clarinet when he was nine years old and the saxophone when he was fourteen. He attended Gardena High School, where he played in the school band. He also played in a local dance band called The Four Aces.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Gardena. He then began playing with bands in the Los Angeles area. In 1947, he made his first recordings with a band led by bandleader Stan Kenton. He also recorded with other bands, including those led by Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and Red Norvo.

In 1952, he formed his own band and began recording under his own name. He recorded for several different labels over the years, including Blue Note, Verve, and Contemporary. He also toured Japan and Europe with his band.

Pepper’s style was influenced by bebop, but he also incorporated elements of cool jazz and West Coast jazz into his playing. He was known for his lyrical solos and his ability to improvise. He also wrote several compositions, including “Straight Life” and “The Way It Was.”

Pepper died of pneumonia on June 15, 1982, at the age of 56.

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Full NameArt Pepper
DiedJune 15, 1982, Los Angeles, California, United States

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BoschTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2015
Bi no tsuboTV Series 1 episode, 2013 performer - 2 episodes, 2013 writer - 2 episodes, 2013
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon2008Documentary music: "Jack's Blues"
The Notorious Bettie Page2005performer: "Blues In" / writer: "Blues In"
Bottle Rocket1994Short performer: "The Route"
Some Like It Hot1959performer: "Sugar Blues" 1920, "Some Like It Hot" 1958, "Sugar Blues - Runnin' Wild" - uncredited

Music Department

The Gauntlet1977musician: jazz soloist
The Enforcer1976musician: alto saxophone solo - uncredited
The Subterraneans1960musician: saxophone - uncredited
Some Like It Hot1959musician: alto sax - uncredited


The Impossible Itself2010Documentary


Heart Beat1980jazz solos


Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor1982DocumentaryHimself
The Subterraneans1960Himself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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