Odean Pope

Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of Music and Benjamin Franklin High School's music program.

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”Odean Pope is a bad, bad, bad, beautiful musician, man.” - Joe Lovano

”The music (on the Ponderer) is dense but luxuriant, and it moves quickly. Thoroughly propulsive.” -Jim Macnie, Boston Phoenix

“Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir hit the groove.” -John Diliberto, Down Beat

“The Ponderer wallops you, then surprises you with its subtlety before you can recover.” -Village Voice

“Max Roach's longtime saxman Odean Popes Philly proud saxophone ensemble was one of the most explosive units of the 1994 Montreal Jazz Festival.” -Willard Jenkins, Jazz-Times

“Tenor man Odean Pope builds a richly arranged environment deserving of the choral moniker on Epitome, the Choir's third CD for Soul Note

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