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Birth name  Booker Little, Jr.
Name  Booker Little
Years active  1956-1961

Instruments  Trumpet
Role  Jazz trumpeter
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Born  April 2, 1938 Memphis, Tennessee, United States (1938-04-02)
Associated acts  Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Tommy Flanagan, Art Davis, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Ray Draper, Bob Cranshaw, Abbey Lincoln
Died  October 5, 1961, New York City, New York, United States
Genres  Jazz, Hard bop, Avant-garde jazz
Albums  At the Five Spot, Out Front, Booker Little and Friend, Booker Little 4 and Max Roach, The Third World

Occupation(s)  Trumpeter, composer

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Booker Little, Jr. (April 2, 1938 – October 5, 1961) was an American jazz trumpeter and composer. He appeared on a number of recordings, both as side-man and as leader. Little was closely associated with Max Roach, but also performed with John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy and was strongly influenced by Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown. He died at age 23.


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Little was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the fourth child of Booker, a Pullman porter (who was also a trombonist) and his wife, Ophelia (who played piano). Little graduated from Manassas High School. He studied trumpet at the Chicago Conservatory with Joseph Summerhill from 1956 to 1958 and it was during this time that he worked with leading local musicians such as Johnny Griffin. Later, after moving to New York, while he lived with Sonny Rollins, Little became associated with drummer Max Roach and multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, recording with them both as a sideman and a leader.

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With Dolphy, he co-led a residency at the Five Spot club in New York in June 1961, from which three albums were eventually issued by Prestige Records. It was during this stint that he began to show promise of expanding the expressive range of the "vernacular" bebop idiom started by Clifford Brown, his most obvious influence as a performer. He also appeared on Dolphy's album Far Cry (New Jazz 8270), recorded December 21, 1960.

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Little died of complications resulting from uremia on October 5, 1961, in New York City, New York. He was survived by his wife, two sons (Booker T. III, and Larry Cornelius), and two daughters (Larue Cornelia and Ana Dorsey).

As leader

  • 1958: Booker Little 4 and Max Roach (United Artists)
  • 1960: Booker Little (Time)
  • 1961: Out Front (Candid Records) with Julian Priester, Eric Dolphy, Don Friedman, Ron Carter, Art Davis, Max Roach
  • 1961: Booker Little and Friend (Bethlehem) This album was re-released under the name Victory and Sorrow
  • 1977: The Legendary Quartet (Island)
  • As sideman

    With Max Roach

  • Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago Scene (EmArcy, 1958)
  • Max Roach + 4 at Newport (Emarcy, 1958)
  • Deeds, Not Words (Riverside, 1958)
  • Award-Winning Drummer (Time, 1958)
  • The Many Sides of Max (Mercury, 1959)
  • We Insist! (Candid, 1960)
  • Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse!, 1961)
  • With Eric Dolphy

  • Far Cry (Prestige, 1960)
  • At the Five Spot (New Jazz / OJC, 1961)
  • With John Coltrane

  • Africa/Brass (Impulse!, 1960)
  • With Slide Hampton

  • Slide Hampton and His Horn of Plenty (Strand, 1959)
  • With Bill Henderson

  • Bill Henderson Sings (Vee Jay, 1959)
  • With Abbey Lincoln

  • Straight Ahead (Candid, 1961)
  • With Frank Strozier

  • Fantastic Frank Strozier (Vee-Jay, 1960)
  • References

    Booker Little Wikipedia