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Billy Harper (born January 17, 1943)in Houston, Tx. is a Jazz saxophonist, "one of a generation of Coltrane-influenced tenor saxophonists" with a distinctively stern, hard-as-nails sound on his instrument. Harper has played with some of jazz's greatest drummers; he served with Art Blakey's Messengers for two years (1968-1970); he played very briefly with Elvin Jones (1970), he played with the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the 1970s, and was a member of Max Roach's band in the late '70s. He has also been a frequent member of Randy Weston's ensembles. He performed on Gil Evans' 1973 album ''Svengali'', and contributed two of the most-performed tunes in the band's repertoire: "Priestess... Continue Bio >>

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