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Art Pepper
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    (September 1, 1925-June 15, 1982)
    Born in Gardena, California
    Alto saxophonist
    Albums include 'The Early Show' (1952), 'Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section' (1957), 'Art Pepper + Eleven' (1959), 'Gettin' Together' (1960), 'Intensity' (1960), 'Living Legend' (1975), 'Among Friends' (1978), 'Art Pepper Today' (1978) and 'One September Afternoon' (1980)
    Subject of the documentary 'Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor' (1981)
    He released several albums with titles punning on his first name. ('Artworks,' 'Modern Art,' etc.)
    His career was repeatedly interrupted by stints in jail caused by his heroin addiction.
    He committed robberies to support his drug habit. (But never armed robbery -- because the other criminals he worked with thought he was too unstable to trust with a gun.)
    After he suffered a stroke, his wife visited him in the hospital and found him snorting cocaine with the explanation, 'I want to be high when I die.'
    He came from a broken home with an alcoholic teen mother and an absent seaman father.
    He was considered second only to Charlie Parker among alto sax players.
    Bandleader Marty Paich said, 'He gave his all, all the time. I never heard him lay back at any time.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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