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Dick Griffin

Dick Griffin (b. James Richard Griffin in Jackson, Mississippi, 1939) is an American trombonist known for his work in free jazz, especially with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Charles Mingus. As a child he studied piano, soon switching to trombone, which he was later to achieve a Master's degree in.

After earning his bachelor's degree in 1963, Griffin began teaching high school while working on his Masters. Griffin is most known for his technique of circular phonics, combining multiphonics with circular breathing. Later in life, Griffin became an accomplished painter, with showings in New York and Europe.

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