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On September 15 1928 Julian Edwin Adderley was born in Tampa Florida and would later become known to the jazz world as Cannonball Adderley Adderleys fiery blues-ridden jazz tunes would make him one of the greatest alto saxophonists of his generation Influenced by the great Charlie Parker among others Adderley brought jazz to a whole new genre of people pretty much untouched by jazz before His popularity hit its height in the 1960s and he continued to whoo crowds and critics alike well into the 1990s Growing up as a child in Florida Adderley often found himself keeping himself occupied usually by playing musical instruments mainly the saxophone He attended school and after high school went on to do his musical studies of brass and reed instruments in Tallahassee Florida from 1944-1948 Cannonball While attending school he earned the nickname Cannibal for his extreme appetite and eating habits This would latter lead into Cannonball for his ferocious sax playing Following his graduation Adderley became a high school band director at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale Florida He was following in his fathers footsteps whom he admired so much Cannonballs father was a trumpet player and had the biggest influence over him as a musician and in his life It was in 1955 that Adderley got his break in the music world Already having an established career in Florida he was persuaded by the legendary saxophonist and RB singer Eddie Cleanhead Vinson to take a trip to New York Originally wanting to pursue graduate studies it was here he was coerced into playing a sit in position with Oscar Pettifords group at the Caf Bohemia Miton Over the course of a ninety-minute set Adderley created such a sensation that his playing was talked about for weeks In fact he created such a stir that within a matter of weeks he had signed with Savoy Records and began playing some jazz that is among the greatest
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