Eric Dolphy Portrait


Eric Dolphy Portrait, illustrated here in 1964, age 36 with his Henri Selmer Paris bass clarinet, from a Chuck Stewart photo “session assigned by Esquire magazine” in New York City.

Dolphy was an American jazz alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist.
On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence around the time that he was active.
His use of the bass clarinet helped to establish the instrument within jazz. Dolphy extended the vocabulary and boundaries of the alto saxophone, and was among the earliest significant jazz flute soloists.

His improvisational style was characterized by the use of wide intervals, in addition to employing an array of extended techniques to emulate the sounds of human voices and animals.
Although Dolphy’s work is sometimes classified as free jazz, his compositions and solos were often rooted in conventional (if highly abstracted) tonal bebop harmony.

Of Panamanian descent, he was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
He began music lessons at age six, studying clarinet and saxophone privately. While still in junior high, he began to study the oboe, aspiring to a professional symphonic career, and received a two-year scholarship to study at the music school of the University of Southern California.

Dolphy received his big break when he was invited to join Chico Hamilton’s quintet in 1958.

From 1960 to 1964, he played on several Charles Mingus albums and play live with his band in the States and Europe.

Dolphy and John Coltrane knew each other long before they formally played together, having met when Coltrane was in Los Angeles with Johnny Hodges in 1954.
After many nights sitting in with Coltrane’s band, Dolphy was asked to become a full member in early 1961.
Coltrane’s quintets with Dolphy (including the Village Vanguard and Africa/Brass sessions) are now well regarded.

Before trumpeter Booker Little died at the age of 23, he and Dolphy had a short-lived musical partnership.

Dolphy was engaged to marry Joyce Mordecai, a classically trained dancer who resided in Paris.
On June 29, 1964, Dolphy died after falling into a diabetic coma in Berlin, caused by undiagnosed diabetes. He was 36.

Following Dolphy’s death, his mother gave John Coltrane his flute and bass clarinet.

He release 7 albums during his brief career including “Outward Bound”, “Out There” and “Far Cry”.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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