Happy Birthday Cannonball Adderley (September 15, 1928)

Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley playing the saxophone: Tampa, Florida

Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley playing the saxophone: Tampa, Florida

Saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley was born September 15, 1928, in Tampa, Florida. He attended college at Florida A&M University, and taught music at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.

In 1955, Adderley moved to New York, and began a successful career as a performer. He led groups that included his brother, cornetist Nat Adderley, as well as many other notable musicians such as Bill Evans, Milt Jackson, Art Blakey and Philly Joe Jones. As a sideman, he appeared on classic recordings such as Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.

Cannonball Adderley died from a stroke in 1975, and was buried at the Southside Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida.


One thought on “Happy Birthday Cannonball Adderley (September 15, 1928)

  1. Julian Edwin Cannonball Adderley was one of true jazz greats. His live albums are a real joy to hear. He was so eloquent and truly kind person who help the careers of a lot of other jazz greats Nancy Wilson, Wes Montgomery ETC.
    Rest in perfect peace gentle giant you left us when you were far too young and you are still truly missed by so many jazz fans. But we know that in your in the great jazz club in the sky with Nat, Joe, Yusfu, Miles,John Bill and Wes.

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