Eric Dolphy was an extender. Extending the language of bebop to include all 12 tones and some bends in between, the saxist-flutist-bass clarinetist, by the end of his short life, had stretched jazz rhythms and forms into realms of abstract European modernism. His daring, thrilling solos lit a fire under John Coltrane during a brief 1961 partnership, and he was the preferred firecracker of fellow Angeleno Charles Mingus in the early ’60s.
LA Creators: Horace Tapscott
Arrived Los Angeles 1943, died here 1999
LA Creators: Don Cherry
Arrived Los Angeles 1940, died 1995
LA Creators: Charlie Haden
Arrived Los Angeles 1957, died here 2014.
LA Creators: Charles Mingus
Raised from infancy in Los Angeles, left 1949, died 1979.