Gerry Mulligan

Born Apr 6, 1927

Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Gerry Mulligan.


1927 Birth Born on April 6, 1927.


1946 19 Years Old Mulligan moved to New York City in January 1946 and joined the arranging staff on Gene Krupa's bebop-tinged band. … Read More


1948 - 1949 2 More Events
1951 24 Years Old In September 1951, Mulligan recorded the first album under his own name, Mulligan Plays Mulligan. … Read More
1952 25 Years Old In the spring of 1952, seeking better employment opportunities, Mulligan headed west to Los Angeles with his girlfriend, pianist Gail Madden. … Read More
1953 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The recordings included singles such as 1953 "Motel" labelled as 'The Gerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker'.


1957 - 1960 3 More Events
1961 34 Years Old The band also recorded an album of songs sung by Mulligan's close friend Judy Holliday in 1961. … Read More
1962 35 Years Old Mulligan resumed work with small groups in 1962 and appeared with other groups sporadically (notably in festival situations). … Read More
1966 39 Years Old She and Mulligan also had a personal relationship from 1966 through 1972.


1967 40 Years Old After Dave Brubeck's quartet broke up in 1967, Mulligan began appearing regularly with Brubeck as the "Gerry Mulligan / Dave Brubeck Quartet" through 1973. … Read More
1971 44 Years Old In 1971, Mulligan created his most significant work for big band in over a decade, for the album The Age of Steam. … Read More
1974 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, Mulligan collaborated with Argentine tango musician Ástor Piazzolla. … Read More
1975 48 Years Old In 1975, Mulligan recorded an album with Italian pianist / composer Enrico Intra, bassist Pino Presti, flutist Giancarlo Barigozzi and drummer Tullio De Piscopo. … Read More


1982 55 Years Old In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited Mulligan to play soprano saxophone in a New York Philharmonic performance of Ravel's Bolero.
1984 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Mulligan commissioned Harry Freedman to write The Sax Chronicles, which was an arrangement of some of Mulligan's melodies in pastiche styles. … Read More


1987 60 Years Old In 1987, Mulligan adapted K-4 Pacific (from his 1971 Age of Steam big band recording) for quartet with orchestra and performed it beside Entente with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel Aviv with Zubin Mehta conducting. … Read More
But in later years their relationship became strained as Mulligan, with considerable effort, would manage to kick his habit, while Baker's addiction bedevilled him professionally and personally almost constantly until his death in 1988.
1991 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, Mulligan contacted Miles Davis about revisiting the music from the germane 1949 Birth of the Cool album. … Read More
Mulligan's final recording was a quartet album (with guests), Dragonfly, recorded in the summer of 1995 and released on the Telarc label.
1996 69 Years Old Mulligan died in Darien, Connecticut, on January 20, 1996, at the age of 68, following complications from knee surgery. … Read More
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