Pharoah Sanders

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Saxophonist
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Date of Birth October 13, 1940
Place of Birth Little Rock, Arkansas
Age 80 years old
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Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders is an American jazz saxophonist. A member of John Coltrane's groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders is known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of "sheets of sound". He has released over 30 albums as a leader and has collaborated extensively with Leon Thomas, Alice Coltrane and Tisziji Muñoz, among others. Saxophonist Ornette Coleman described him as "probably the best tenor player in the world". Sanders' music has been called "spiritual jazz" due to his inspiration in religious concepts such as Karma and Tawhid, and his rich, meditative aesthetic. This style is seen as a continuation of Coltrane's work on albums such as A Love Supreme. As a result, Sanders is considered a disciple of Coltrane or, as Albert Ayler said, "Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost".

Birth name: Farrell Sanders
Born: October 13, 1940, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Genres: Free jazz, avant-garde jazz, world fusion
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments: Saxophone
Years active: 1964–present
Labels: Douglas, Theresa, Impulse, Strata East
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About Pharoah Sanders

Grammy Award-winning free jazz pioneer who is considered one of the greatest tenor saxophonists to ever live. Amiri Baraka supposedly gave him the name Pharaoh.

Pharoah Sanders Before Fame

He performed with Sun Ra, but gained more popularity when he later worked with John Coltrane. He appeared on Ascension, Coltrane's influential 1965 release.

Achievement of Pharoah Sanders

He has performed internationally and has had a huge following in Japan.

Pharoah Sanders Family Life

He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Associations of Pharoah Sanders

He was born Farrell Sanders, but Sun Ra gave him the nickname Pharoah, which stuck.

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Latest information about Pharoah Sanders updated on April 16, 2021.

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