Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Eric Dolphy | KCET
Iconic Angelenos in Black History: Eric Dolphy
In honor of Black History Month, join us each day from February 10th to the 19th as we celebrate Black Angelenos who have influenced culture, social justice, and progress in Los Angeles and, in some instances, the nation.
Today we celebrate Eric Dolphy:
First recorded as a leader with the Prestige label in 1960, spurning 13 albums in one year including Far Cry.
Far Cry represented his first pairing with trumpeter Booker Little, whom he recording five live legendary sets at the Five Spot in New York City.
While in middle school he won a two-year scholarship to the U.S.C. School of Music in a citywide competition.
In July 1963, Dolphy and producer Alan Douglas arranged recording sessions with leading emerging musicians of the day. The results were his Iron Man and Conversations LP's. Around this time Dolphy's pianist was a young Herbie Hancock.
In 1964, Dolphy signed with Blue Note Records and recorded Out to Lunch! with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis and Tony Williams.
Charles Mingus named one of his sons Eric Dolphy Mingus.
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