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Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: January 24, 1938 | Died: April 2, 1995

Julius Hemphill - alto and soprano saxophone (1928 - 1995)

For over thirty-five years Julius Hemphill earned a reputation as one who broke down boundaries and defied labels. A prodigious composer who wrote luscious and shimmering sonorities with the ever-present tang of the blues, Hemphill was as comfortable writing for full orchestra as he was for his Sextet or Big Band. He composed for theater and multi-media productions and worked with some of this generation’s most acclaimed writers and choreographers who sought his unifying consciousness for collaborative projects. An improviser of immense talent and saxophonist who could coax the best out of any musical unit, Hemphill performed in almost every major jazz festival and hall in North America and Europe, including the Berlin, Montreal, Kool, Rome, Paris, Den Haag (North Sea), and Warsaw festivals....
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    Julius Hemphill / Peter Kowald: Live at Kassiopeia

    NoBusiness Records
    2012
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    Dogon A.D.

    International Phonograph Inc.
    2011
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    The Hard Blues

    Clean Feed Records
    2005
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    One Atmosphere

    Tzadik
    2003
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