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September 14, 1942


Oliver Lake (b. Marianna, Arkansas, September 14, 1942) is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet. He is known mainly on alto saxophone but also performs on soprano saxophone and flute.

During the 1960s Lake worked with the Black Artists Group out of St. Louis which also included the Bowie brothers and Charles Bob Shaw.

In 1977 Lake co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet, with David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett. He's active in various settings today and is based in Montclair, NJ


Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and Oliver Lake

Produced by: Michael Zimmerman
Video shot by: Paul Brown and Michael Zimmerman

World Saxophone Quartet Meets the M'BOOM @ Birdland NYC January 19 - 23 2010

Interviews of Anton Reed ( Personal road manager of Max Roach Since 1973), Joe Chambers, Oliver Lake , Hamiet Bluiett , Warren Smith , David Murray, by Abdoulaye N'Diaye

A special Thanks to Abdoulaye N'Diaye for his wonderfull collaboration in this document.

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