Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond Biography

American jazz alto saxophonist and composer.

Born : November 25, 1924 in San Francisco, California.

Died : May 30, 1977 in New York City, New York.

Played with the Dave Brubeck Quartet from 1951 until 1967. Also collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Ed Bickert.

Born with the name Paul Emil Breitenfeld. He changed it because he felt it wasn't suited for the name of a musician. He died in 1977 of lung cancer.

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