All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Art Pepper

Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper, a native of Gardena California, played in the overtly emotional manner that came to define the West Coast style. His solo approach was always passionate, from early recordings made with Stan Kenton's orchestra during his years with the band (1943 and 1946-52) and in jam sessions on LA’s Central Avenue.

Records and club work with Shorty Rogers and his Giants beginning in 1951 provided more room for his solo skills, and by 1952 he began cutting more intimate and open quartet and quintet sessions under his own name. By this time he had already developed a dependence on alcohol, pills, and heroin that led to an erratic lifestyle and (in 1952) the first of several arrests and incarcerations.

Read more

28 Photos

Albums

Art Pepper: Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s
Art Pepper: Art...
Elemental Music
2015
buy
Neon Art: Volume 3
Neon Art: Volume 3
Omnivore Records
2015
buy
Neon Art: Volume 2
Neon Art: Volume 2
Omnivore Records
2015
buy
Neon Art, Volume 1
Neon Art, Volume 1
Omnivore Recordings
2015
buy
Art Pepper: Unreleased Art - Vol. VIII (2013)
Art Pepper:...
Widow's Taste
2013
buy
[no cover]
Unreleased Art Vol....
Victor
2013
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Bill Evans Bill Evans
piano
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
sax, alto
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
trumpet
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
saxophone
Lester Young Lester Young
saxophone
Freddie Hubbard Freddie Hubbard
trumpet
Lee Konitz Lee Konitz
sax, alto

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.