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Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: April 16, 1930 | Died: July 1, 2003

The world according to flutist and composer Herbie Mann was a utopian musical paradise where jazz is made up of of Afro-Cuban, Middle-Eastern, R&B, and nearly every other kind of music. In the 1960s, he discovered Brazil's bossa-nova; in the 1970s, he even found disco rhythms in jazz.

Unlike most of his contemporaries in jazz, when Mann began playing flute in 1940s he had no forefathers to learn from, no pioneers of jazz flute to idolize. He was forced to look elsewhere—both inside and outside of jazz—to develop his approach to jazz and the flute. Among numerous musical influences, Mann was particularly drawn to rhythms and melodies from South America and the Caribbean....
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Featured recording “America/Brasil”

America/Brasil

Lightyear Entertainment
1997
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    Original Album Series

    Sine Qua Non
    2011
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    Brazil, Bossa Nova & Blues

    Sine Qua Non
    2010
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    Yardbird Suite

    Sine Qua Non
    2008
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    Beyond Brooklyn


    2004
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    Flute Flight

    Fantasy Jazz
    2002
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    Jazz Café Presents Herbie Mann

    Sine Qua Non
    2001
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    New Mann At Newport

    Sine Qua Non
    2001
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