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August 17, 1918 - January 16, 1963
Ike Quebec preforms an original composition on his 1961 album "Blue and Sentimental."
Ike Quebec, tenor sax & piano
Grant Green, guitar
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
Ike Abrams Quebec was an accomplished dancer and pianist from Newark, New Jersey who took up playing tenor saxophone in his early twenties.
Beginning his recording career with the "Barons of Rhythm" in 1940.
Instantly recognizable for his big airy sound Ike Quebec was equally at home whether playing blues, ballads, and jump.
He proceeded to perform or record with artists including Hot Lips Page, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Carter.
Due in part to his struggles with addiction Ike only recorded sporadically during the 1950s but launched his come back in 1959.
In 1961 he recorded the "Blue & Sentimental" album released on Blue Note on which he is featured alternated between piano and tenor saxophone.
Ike Quebec's success however was short lived, he succumbed to lung cancer on January 16, 1963.
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