Modern Rock

Jazz was once the predominant and most popular form of music in America. It has since been overtaken and far overshadowed by various forms of Rock and Roll (and other genres). These baritone saxophonists have taken an instrument developed for marching bands, made popular in jazz, and adapted it to work with music powered by electronic amplification.

Dana Colley

An Interview with Dana Colley, baritone saxophonist of Morphine (from 2000)

Morphine is an unusually interesting band who have always stood apart from their peers with their distinctive bluesy rock ‘n’ roll sound described variously as low-rock and noir jazz-rock. Comprising of Billy Conway on drums, Dana Colley on tenor and baritone sax, and …

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Dick Parry

Dick Parry (born 22 December 1942 in Kentford, Suffolk, England) is an English saxophonist. He has appeared as a session musician on various albums by modern bands and artists, and is probably best known for his solo parts on the Pink Floyd songs “Money”, “Us and Them”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Wearing …

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Doc Kupka

From “Doc” Kupka (a.k.a. “The Funky Doctor”) is an American baritone saxophone player and composer, best known as a founding member of the band Tower of Power.

In 1968 Kupka met tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo and joined his soul music cover band ‘The Motowns,’ based in Oakland, California. Kupka convinced Castillo to start …

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Leroi Moore

September 7, 1961 – August 19, 2008

Moore was born on September 7, 1961 in Durham, North Carolina to Roxie Holloway Moore and Albert P. Moore. Raised in Virginia, he attended college at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia studying tenor saxophone and later became an accomplished jazz musician in Charlottesville, Virginia playing with …

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Leroy Cooper

RIP Leroy Cooper – Aug 31, 1928 – Jan 15, 2009

July 30, 2009

Leroy Cooper was best known for his years as Ray Charles’ baritone saxman and bandleader. He was with Ray from 1957 through 1977 with a few breaks during that time. But like so many other dedicated musicians, he lived for the love …

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Roger Lewis

SHAKE SUMTHIN’!! Roger H. Lewis, saxophonist, joined Gregory Davis, Kevin Harris, and Efrem Towns over 30 years ago to form The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Lewis and the Dozen are known for playing everything from birthdays to funerals…and everything in between. Try to put this cat in one category…it just ain’t possible. …

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