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Gerry Mulligan


GERRY MULLIGAN (saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader) was born Gerald Joseph Mulligan on April 6, 1927 in Queens, New York and passed away January 20, 1996 in Darien Connecticut. Mulligan, a revered baritone saxophonist had a concurrent reputation as a premier arranger for artists such as Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Kai Winding and Miles Davis. Mulligan’s association with Davis as arranger and sideman with Davis’ nonet became the storied “Birth of the Cool” recording. Relocating to California, Mulligan’s partnership with Chet Baker resulted in the “pianoless” quartet and the “West Coast” sound – an extension of “cool jazz”. In addition to his own groups Mulligan worked with the who’s who of jazz including Lee Konitz, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Count Basie and notably Dave Brubeck. Mulligans’ “Concert Jazz Band” housed talents like Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer.