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Cannonball Adderley alto sax, Nat Adderley trumpet,
George Duke piano, Walter Bocker bass and Roy McCurdy were the
In 1974 they performed as part of the Newport Jazz Festival in a
concert in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
"Cannonball" Adderley (1928 - 1975), originally from Tampa, Florida,
was a jazz alto saxophonist of the small combo era of the 1950s and
The nickname "Cannonball" was a childhood nickname for the portly
saxophonist. An articulate speaker with an easy manner, Cannonball
educated, amused, and informed his audiences in clubs and on
television about the art and moods of jazz (he was a music teacher
before beginning his jazz career).
His professional career was long established prior to teaching
applied instrumental music classes at Dillard High School in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. Cannonball was a local legend in Florida until
he moved to New York City in 1955.
He joined the Miles Davis sextet in 1957, around the time that John
Coltrane left the group to join Thelonious Monk's band. (Coltrane
would return to Davis's group in 1958). Adderley played on the
seminal Davis records Milestones and Kind of Blue. Davis had this to
say of Adderley's style: "He had a certain spirit. You couldn't put
your finger on it, but it was there in his playing every night."