Cannonball Adderley

Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard-bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he moved to New York in the mid 1950s. His nickname derived originally from “cannibal,” an honorific title imposed on him by high school colleagues as a tribute to his vast eating capacity. #


  • A young tenor player was complaining to me that Coleman Hawkins made him nervous. Man, I told him Hawkins was supposed to make him nervous! Hawkins has been making other sax players nervous for forty years!

  • Hipness is not a state of mind, it’s a fact of life.

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