On this day in 1937, jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson was born


Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson with Neil Swainson. Guy MacPherson, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson was born on April 25, 1937 in Ohio. Following his stint in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, Henderson made his way to New York City, where he crossed paths with fellow saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

Joining Gordon’s band proved pivotal for Henderson’s career, exposing him to diverse musical influences including bebop, R&B, and Latin styles. Henderson’s breakthrough arrived with a standout solo on Horace Silver’s popular track, “Song for My Father.” This led to a deal with Blue Note Records, featuring a remarkable 30 albums from 1963 to 1968. 

Throughout his career, Henderson collaborated with jazz luminaries such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, as well as the rock ensemble Blood, Sweat & Tears. 

In 2001, Henderson died at 64 years old.

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