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Gigi Gryce

Born: November 28, 1927 | Died: March 14, 1983    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Gigi Gryce

Gigi Gryce was born George General Grice(sic) on 28th November, 1925 (not 1927) in Pensacola, Florida - although he was brought up in Hartford, Connecticut. He spent a short period in the Navy where he met musicians such as Clark Terry, Jimmy Nottingham and Willie Smith, who were to turn his thoughts from pursuing medicine to the possibility of making music for a living. In 1948 he began studying classical composition at the Boston Conservatory under Daniel Pinkham and Alan Hovhaness. It has been reported that he won a Fulbright scholarship and went to Paris to study under Nadia Boulanger and Arthur Honegger, although confirmation of this has been hard to establish. Although illness interrupted his studies abroad, the fruits of this immersion in classical modernism were the production of three symphonies, a ballet (The Dance of the Green Witches), a symphonic tone-poem (Gashiya-The Overwhelming Event) and chamber works, including various fugues and sonatas, piano works for two and four hands, and string quartets....
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Source: David Griffith

As leader
1954 When Farmer Meets Gryce (Prestige) with Art Farmer
1955 Do It Yourself Jazz (Savoy) with Duke Jordan, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke
1955 Nica's Tempo (Savoy Records)
1957 Jazz Labaratory Series 1+2 (Savoy Records)
1957 Jazz Lab (Columbia)
1957 Gigi Gryce and The Jazz Lab Quintet (Prestige)
1957 At Newport (Verve) One side of LP
1957 Modern Jazz Perspective (Columbia)
1960 Sayin´ Something (Prestige)
1960 The Hap´nin´s (Prestige)
1960 The Rat Race Blues (Prestige) As sideman With Betty Carter
Out There (1958)
I Can't Help It (1982) With Thelonious Monk
Monk's Music (1957)
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (1957) With Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan Vol. 3 (1957)

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