Ray Draper Biography

American hard bop tuba player.

Born : August 03, 1940 in New York City, New York.

Died : November 01, 1982 in New York City, New York.

Ray played with :

Jackie McLean (1956-'57), Donald Byrd, John Coltrane (1958), Max Roach (1958-'59), Don Cherry (early 1960s), Horace Tapscott, Archie Shepp, Brother Jack McDuff.

Recorded four albums as a leader :

Tuba Sounds (1957, Prestige Rec.)

The Ray Draper Quintet Featuring John Coltrane (1957, New Jazz Rec.)

A Tuba Jazz (1958, Jubilee Rec.)

Red Beans and Rice (1968, Epic Rec.).

He was killed in 1982 for robbery by a gang youth.

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