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Gerry Mulligan
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    (April 6, 1927-January 20, 1996)
    Born in Queens, New York
    Jazz musician/composer/arranger
    Played baritone sax and clarinet
    Performed with Gene Krupa, Miles Davis, Kai Winding and Stan Kenton
    Recorded the albums 'Mulligan Plays Mulligan' (1951), 'Gerry Mulligan and His Quartet' (1955), 'Reunion with Chet Baker' (1957), 'Mulligan Meets Monk' (1957), 'Jazz Giants '58' (1958), 'Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster' (1959), 'Live at the Olympia, Paris' (1962), 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue' (1965), 'Age of Steam' (1971), 'Little Big Horn' (1983), 'Re-Birth of the Cool' (1992) and 'Dream a Little Dream' (1994)
    Composed music for the films 'A Thousand Clowns' (1965), 'Luv' (1967), 'La Menace' (1977), 'Les Petites Galeres' (1977) and 'I'm Not Rappaport' (1996)
    Appeared in the films 'I Want To Live!' (1958), 'The Rat Race' (1960), 'The Subterraneans' (1960) and 'Bells Are Ringing' (1960)
    He spent six months in prison after he and bandmate Chet Baker were busted for heroin possession (1953).
    He had two short-lived (about two years each) marriages during the 1950s.
    He called actress Sandy Dennis 'my second wife,' despite the facts that (a) they never were actually married; (b) she would have been his third wife.
    His actual third wife, Franca Rota Borghini Baldovinetti, was an Italian countess.
    He recommended a Mexican 'healer' -- whose treatments included shoving boiled potatoes up the rectum -- to Charles Mingus and Gil Evans.
    He was considered a founder of the 'West Coast' school of jazz.
    Unlike Chet Baker, he beat his drug addiction.
    During the early 60s, he put his career on hold to nurse Judy Holliday during her final illness.
    He won 29 consecutive Down Beat readers' polls as best baritone saxophonist.
    Dave Brubeck said, 'In listening to Gerry Mulligan, you feel as if you're listening to the past, the present and the future of jazz all in one tune.'

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