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Art Pepper

Biography

ART PEPPER (saxophonist, bandleader) was born September 1, 1925 in Gardena, Los Angeles, CA and passed away June 15, 1982 in Panorama City, California. The brilliant West Coast based bop altoist, who worked with Dexter Gordon, Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers and Benny Carter among others had his promising career interrupted by heroin addiction and jail sentences in the 1950s and 60s. In spite of addiction problems, remarkably, Pepper’s musicianship was not affected. Following treatment, Pepper had a career resurgence beginning the late 1960s, both in live performance and critically acclaimed recordings. He wrote a candid autobiography “Straight Life” from which a documentary was produced “Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor”.