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Jim Pepper

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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: 1941 | Died: 1992    

Jim Pepper

Jim Pepper, the son of a Creek Indian mother and Kaw father, grew up surrounded by the songs and dances of the intertribal powwow circuit. He learned Native American Church peyote chants and other songs from his father, Gilbert Pepper, and grandfather, Ralph Pepper. Originally from Oklahoma, his family moved to Portland, Oregon, where he was born - although he spent many summers back in Oklahoma with his grandfather's family. In the mid-1960s, he left home to make a name for himself in New York - which he did by exploding onto the scene with what may very well have been the first jazz-rock fusion band, Free Spirits....
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  • Hunga-Chee-Ah-Da

    Telarc
    2008
  • Afro Indian Blues

    PAO Records/ SBF Records
    2007
  • Jim Pepper: Afro Indian Blues

    PAO Records/ SBF Records
    2006
  • Afro Indian Blues

    Telarc
    2006
  • Flying Eagle Live At New Morning, Paris

    Telarc
    1999
  • Remembrance

    Telarc
    1994
  • West End Avenue

    Telarc
    1989
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Featured recording “Pepper's Pow Wow”

Pepper's Pow Wow
Wounded Bird Records (1971)

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