Cool Jazz Style

There are often rivalries between the east and west coasts of America, and music is no exception. The Cool Jazz style was primarily developed and practiced on the west coast. It features more subtle rhythms and melodies that accentuated the counter culture lifestyle of the west coast in the 50’s.


Bob Gordon


June 11, 1928 – August 28, 1955

Bob Gordon was a fine West Coast bop-oriented baritonist. He played with Shorty Sherock (1946), Alvino Rey’s Orchestra (1948-51) and Billy May (1952) before becoming an in-demand session player for jazz dates with the likes of Shelly Manne, Maynard Ferguson, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown (1954), Shorty …

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Gery Mulligan’s final performance.

Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan

April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996


The most famous and probably greatest jazz baritonist of all time, Gerry Mulligan was a giant. A flexible soloist who was always ready to jam with anyone from Dixielanders to the most advanced boppers, Mulligan brought a somewhat revolutionary light …

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Jimmy Giuffre

April 26, 1921 – April 24, 2008

Jimmy Giuffre has had many accomplishments in a long career that has never been predictable. Giuffre graduated from North Texas State Teachers College (1942), played in an Army band during his period in the service and then had stints with the orchestras of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey …

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John Barnes

Originally from Manchester, Johnny has been voted many times winner of the Baritone Saxaphone category of the British Jazz Awards and has also appeared in the American Downbeat Poll.A long time member of the Alex Welsh and Humphrey Lyttleton bands, he has had partnerships with famous British jazz artists including Roy Williams and Mike …

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Lars Gullin

May 4, 1928 – May 17, 1976One of the top baritone saxophonists of all time and a giant of European jazz, Lars Gullin would be better-known today if he had visited the U.S. often and if excessive drug use had not cut short his career. Early on he learned to play bugle, clarinet and piano …

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Ted Hogarth

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From Ted’s site:

I am the leader of the Ted Hogarth Collective (THC), which has many configurations. THC’s debut CD is Misconception and features a sextet. Sound clips are available on my Recordings page. I also have a quartet recording Steps Taken, with sound clips available on my Recordings page as …

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