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Buddy Collette

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: August 6, 1921 | Died: September 19, 2010    

Buddy Collette

When it comes to unsung jazz heroes, Buddy Collette's talents on tenor saxophone, flute, and clarinet are as close to unmatched as it gets. A gifted composer of classical music in addition to his jazz pedigree, Collette continues to fly almost defiantly under the radar of greater renown.

William Marcel Collette was born on August 6, 1921 in the Watts district of Los Angeles. Along with saxophonist Dexter Gordon bassist Charles Mingus, and drummer Chico Hamilton, he helped keep bebop alive in the city's historic Central Avenue neighborhood. Buddy also played an important role with the development of the cool jazz movement. After attending a concert by the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong with his parents, a young Collette was taken by the idea of a career in jazz. Satchmo's achievements and lifestyle presented an appealing alternative to the menial and often degrading jobs open to African Americans during the Depression....
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  • Polyhedric Buddy Collette, The

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    2008
  • Live at El Camino College

    UFO Bass
    2006
  • Jazz Heat Bongo Beat

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    2000
  • Sessions, Live

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    1976
  • Block Buster

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    1974
  • Now And Then

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    1973
  • Modern Jazz Vol.5, The

    Bizarre Planet Entertainment
    1969
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