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Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: October 15, 1928 | Died: August 8, 1975    

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging, rhythmically robust style of music that became known as hard-bop.

Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida, Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own band while studying music at the U.S. Naval Academy and then led an army band while stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Originally nicknamed “Cannibal” in high school for his voracious appetite, the nickname mutated into “Cannonball” and stuck....
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  • Three Classic Albums Plus

    EastWest
    2011
  • The Cannonball Adderley Sextet in New York

    Riverside
    2008
  • The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco

    Riverside
    2007
  • Why Am I Treated So Bad!

    Capitol Records
    2006
  • Great Sessions

    Capitol Records
    2006
  • Domination

    Capitol Records
    2005
  • Things Are Getting Better

    Fantasy Jazz
    2004
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