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

Buddy Collette

When it comes to unsung jazz heroes, Buddy Collette's talents on tenor saxophone, flute, and clarinet are as close to unmatched as it gets. A gifted composer of classical music in addition to his jazz pedigree, Collette continues to fly almost defiantly under the radar of greater renown.

William Marcel Collette was born on August 6, 1921 in the Watts district of Los Angeles. Along with saxophonist Dexter Gordon bassist Charles Mingus, and drummer Chico Hamilton, he helped keep bebop alive in the city's historic Central Avenue neighborhood. Buddy also played an important role with the development of the cool jazz movement. After attending a concert by the legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong with his parents, a young Collette was taken by the idea of a career in jazz. Satchmo's achievements and lifestyle presented an appealing alternative to the menial and often degrading jobs open to African Americans during the Depression.

Read more
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

3 Photos

Albums

Buddy Collette: Four Classic Albums
Buddy Collette: Four...
Avid Records UK
2016
buy
[no cover]
Polyhedric Buddy...
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
2008
buy
Live at El Camino College
Live at El Camino...
UFO Bass
2006
buy
Buddy's Best
Buddy's Best
Fresh Sounds
2004
buy
[no cover]
Jazz Heat Bongo Beat
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
2000
buy
[no cover]
Sessions, Live
Bizarre Planet Entertainment
1976
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Lester Young Lester Young
saxophone
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy
reeds
Yusef Lateef Yusef Lateef
reeds
Art Pepper Art Pepper
sax, alto
Ben Webster Ben Webster
sax, tenor
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin
sax, tenor
Jimmy Giuffre Jimmy Giuffre
clarinet

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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