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Rufus Harley

Born: May 20, 1936    Primary Instrument: Reeds

Rufus Harley

Rufus Harley, “the world’s first jazz bagpiper”, was born on May 20, 1936 near Raleigh, N.C. but grew up in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia where his family moved when he was 2 years of age. He started playing the C melody saxophone and trumpet at age 12. In his later teens he worked as a paper boy to raise enough money to buy a tenor saxophone so that he can play in the high school band but at age 16 he dropped out of school and worked odd jobs to help support his family. He continued, however, to take music lessons on the saxophone, oboe, clarinet and flute from Dennis Sandole, a Philadelphia area guitarist and music teacher. He made his professional debut in Mickey Collins’ band at age 18 at a local jazz club. He continued to play the tenor saxophone at local clubs for several years until he took up the bagpipes....
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As a Leader

Bagpipe Blues
Atlantic
1966
Tracks: Bagpipe Blues; Kerry Dancers; Who Can I Turn To; More Chim Chim Cheree; Sportin'; Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes, reeds; Oliver Collins: piano; James Glenn: bass; Billy Abner: drums.


Scotch & Soul
Atlantic
1967
Tracks: Passing The Cup Around; Sufur; Scotch and Sould; Feeling Good; A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square; Taurus the 20th; If You Could See Me Now; Profile in Courage.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes, reeds; Oliver Collins: piano; James Glenn: bass; Robert Gosset: congas; Billy Abner: drums.


Tribute to Courage
Atlantic
1969
Tracks: Sunny; A Tribute to Courage; Swing Low Sweet Charriot.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes, reeds; Oliver Collins: piano; James Glenn: bass; Robert Kenyatta: congas; Billy Abner: drums.


Kings and Queens
Atlantic
1970
Tracks: Windy; Love is Blue; Eight Miles High; Moon River; King; Queens.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes; Richard Tee:piano; Eric Gale: guitar; Chuck Rainey: bass; Jimmy Johnson: drums; Montego Joe: congas; Nadi Qamar: mamalukembia, Madagascar harp.


Re-Creation of the Gods
Ankh
1972
Tracks: Intro; The Crack; Re-Creation of the Gods; Nobody Knows the Trouble Us People Done Seen; This Little Light of Mine; Hypothesis; Gods and Godesses; Etymology.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes & electric soprano sax; Bill Mason: organ; Larry Langston: percussion; Larry Randolph: electric bass.


Brotherly Love
Tartan Pride
1998
Tracks: Brotherly Love; Auld Lang Syne; Scotland the Brave; Jesus Loves Me; Melancholy Baby; Stormy Weather; A Love Supreme.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes; Tony Cesarano: guitar; Justin Bransford: bass; Peter Amahl: drums.


Sustain
Isma'a
2005
Tracks: A Love Supreme; The Constitution; Scotland the Brave; Where Or When; A Child Is Born; A Tribute To Courage; Sunshower; Amazing Grace; We The People.
Personnel: Rufus Harley: bagpipes; Messiah Harley: trumpet; Emmanuel Thompson: drums; Joshua Yudkin: piano and Hammond organ; Keno Speller: percussion.

As A Side Musician

The Wailing Dervishes
Herbie Mann
Atlantic
1967
Tracks: Wailing Dervishes; Norwegian Wood; Flute Bag; In The Medina; Armenian Lullaby.
Personnel: Herbie Mann: flute; Rufus Harley: bagpipes; Roy Ayers: vibraphone; Moulay "Ali" Hafid: percussion; Chick Ganimian: oud; Hachig Thomas Kazarian: clarinet; Esther Koprucu: zither; Reggie Workman: bass; Steve Knight: electric bass; Bruno Carr: drums.


Deuces Wild
Sonny Stitt
Atlantic
1967
Tracks: Deuces Wild; My Foolish Heart; Blues Ahead; Sittin' In With Stitt; In The Bag; Me 'N' You; Pipin' The Blue.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt: alto & tenor saxophones; Robin Kenyatta: soprano & alto saxophones; Rufus Harley: tenor saxophone, bagpipes; Wilmer Mosby: organ; Billy James: drums.


The Cutting Edge
Sonny Rollins
Prestige
1974
Tracks: Cutting Edge; To a Wild Rose; First Moves; House Is Not a Home; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
Sonny Rollins: tenor saxophone; Stanley Cowell: piano; Masuo: guitar; Bob Cranshaw; bass; David Lee: drums; Mtume: percussion; Rufus Harley: bagpipes.


Big Science
Laurie Anderson
Warner
1982
Tracks: From the Air; Big Science; Sweaters; Walking & Falling; Born, Never Asked; O Superman (For Massenet); Example #22; Let X=X/It Tango.
Personnel: Laurie Anderson: vocals, keyboards, percussion; Rufus Harley: bagpipes; Roma Baran: percussion, harmonica, accordion; Perry Hoberman: percussion, reeds, vocals; Bill Obrecht: alto sax; Peter Gordon: clarinet, tenor sax; David Van Tieghem: drums, percussion; Chuck Fisher: alto sax, tenor sax; Richard Cohen: clarinets; Leanne Ungar: backing vocals; George Lewis: trombones.


Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Roots
Universal/MCA
1995

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