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Julian Priester

Born: June 29, 1935    Primary Instrument: Trombone

Julian Priester

Julian Priester is an American jazz trombonist and composer.

He has played with many artists including Sun Ra, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.

Priester attended Chicago's DuSable High School, where he studied under Walter Dyett. In his teens he played with blues and R&B artists such as Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington, and Bo Diddley, and had the opportunity to jam with jazz players like Max Roach, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

In the early 1950s Priester was a member of Sun Ra's big band, recording several albums with the group before leaving Chicago in 1956 to tour with Lionel Hampton. In 1958 he settled in New York and joined the band of drummer Max Roach. While playing in Roach's group Priester also recorded two albums as a leader, Keep Swingin' and Spiritsville for Riverside, both of which came out in 1960....
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  • 1960: Keep Swinging
  • 1960: Spiritsville
  • 1973: Love, Love (ECM) with Bill Connors
  • 1977: Polarization
  • 1997: Hints on Light and Shadow (Postcards Records, with Sam Rivers)
  • 2002: In Deep End Dance

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