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Thelonious Monk Quintet
featuring Ray Copeland


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July 17, 1926 - May 18, 1984


Recorded by the "Thelonious Monk Quintet" in Hackensack, New Jersey on May 11, 1954.


Thelonious Monk, piano
Ray Copeland, trumpet
Frank Foster, tenor sax
Curly Russell, bass
Art Blakey, drums

Ray Copeland's began playing horn as a teenager in Brooklyn with a variety of pop groups while studying classical trumpet on the side.

After touring with Mercer Ellington in the late 1940s he worked with Andy Kirk and Sy Oliver before making the transition to bebop with Lionel Hampton, Oscar Pettiford, and others.

Known for his exuberant style he went on to perform with Art Blakey, Louis Bellson, and would accompany Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald.

He also appeared on many recording by Thelonious Monk, appearing on the well known "Monk's Music" LP in 1956.

Copeland toured Europe as a member of Monk's Quintet in 1968 and was featured with the group at the 1973 Newport Jazz Festival.

In later years Ray Copeland began teaching jazz composition at Hampshire College, and in 1974 published the music instruction book "The Ray Copeland Method and Approach to the Creative Art of Jazz Improvisation."

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