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Eric Dolphy (Flute Player) - Age, Birthday, Bio, Facts, Family, Net Worth, Height & More

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Eric Dolphy
Eric Allan Dolphy Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence around the time that he was active. His use of the bass clarinet helped to establish the instrument within jazz. Dolphy extended the vocabulary and boundaries of the alto saxophone, and was among the earliest significant jazz flute soloists. His improvisational style was characterized by the use of wide intervals, in addition to employing an array of extended techniques to emulate the sounds of human voices and animals. He used melodic lines that were "angular, zigzagging from interval to interval, taking hairpin turns at unexpected junctures, making dramatic leaps from the lower to the upper register." Although Dolphy's work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos were often rooted in conventional tonal bebop harmony.
Birth nameEric Allan Dolphy Jr.
BornJune 20, 1928, Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedJune 29, 1964, Berlin, Germany
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz, post-bop, third stream, free jazz
Occupation(s)Bandleader, saxophonist, flautist, bass clarinetist, composer, sideman
InstrumentsAlto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, soprano clarinet, baritone saxophone, piccolo
Years active1949–1964
LabelsImpulse, Prestige, Transatlantic, Blue Note, Mercury
Associated actsCharles Mingus, John Coltrane, Booker Little, Chico Hamilton, Mal Waldron, Ron Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, John Lewis, Freddie Hubbard, George Russell, Ted Curson, Abbey Lincoln, Ken McIntyre, Andrew Hill, Benny Golson

About Eric Dolphy

Flute Player Eric Dolphy was born on June 20, 1928 in California, United States (He dies at the age of 36, on June 29, 1964).

Jazz flautist who rose to popularity in the 1960s and is often regarded as the first significant bass clarinet performer in the genre. He also played clarinets and piccolos, among other instruments.

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Eric Dolphy before becoming famous

Eric Dolphy was born in the Zodiac sign Gemini (The Twins), and 1928 is also the year of Dragon (龍) in the Chinese Zodiac.

He mastered the oboe in school and later played in Composer Gerald Wilson and Roy Porter's bebop large bands in his hometown.

Achievement of Eric Dolphy

In 1962, he hired Pianist Herbie Hancock, a teenage pianist, to join one of his working bands.

Eric Dolphy's Family, Spouse, Dating and Relationship

He was engaged to Joyce Mordecai, a classically trained dancer, before his death.

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Eric Dolphy Collabed with

Saxophonist John Coltrane was a frequent collaborator and friend of his.

Eric Dolphy Income & Net worth

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Latest information about Eric Dolphy updated on March 20 2023.