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September 1, 1925 - June 15, 1982


Art Pepper is featured in rare footage performing live on Italian TV.


Art Pepper, alto sax
Milcho Leviev, piano
Bob Magnusson, bass
Carl Burnett, drums

Born in Gardena, California in 1925, Art Pepper began his career as an alto saxophonist during the mid-1940s playing with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton until 1952.

Coming to be recognized among the top saxophonist of the period he became a leading presence in West Coast jazz.

Some of his most popular albums produced during the 1950s would include "Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section" and "Art Pepper + Eleven - Modern Jazz Classics".

Despite having his career being interrupted by several prison terms due to heroin addition, Art's playing and ability remained remarkably unaffected.

After managing to successfully launch several memorable comebacks, Art Pepper joined Buddy Rich's Big Band from 1968 to '69, and would tour Europe with his own groups throughout the 1970s.

Pepper's 1980 autobiography "Straight Life" co-written with his third wife Laurie Pepper, discusses the jazz life and the trappings of crime and drugs among California musicians.

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