Paul Desmond (Saxophone)
Born: 25th November 1924, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died: 30th May 1977, Manhattan, New York City
Paul Desmond was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's biggest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene.
In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Ed Bickert. After years of chain smoking and poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 after a tour with Brubeck.
Further Reading: Paul Desmond
Matt winds down to urbane warriors Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan's Two of a Mind.