Personalities | Cannonball Adderley | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Alto saxophone, 1928–75)
Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley and his brother, trumpeter Nat, presided over one of the 1960s’ hippest hard-bop outfits with pianist Joe Zawinul; ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ was one of their crossover hits. Adderley had been employed as a Florida school band director when he was overheard at a New York gig and was encouraged by musicans. Besides his own popular groups, Adderley recorded impressively with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Gil Evans’ Orchestra.
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