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Curtis Amy

An excellent soul-jazz and really difficult bop tenor and soprano saxophonist, Curtis Amy enjoyed a busy period within the ’60s, then fell away of sight. He previously a strong build and nice, gently swinging design, though he wasn’t an excellent soloist. Amy started playing clarinet as a kid, then began on tenor within an Military band. He examined music education at Kentucky Condition College and gained his bachelor’s level in the first ’50s. After teaching college some time in Tennessee and employed in Midwestern night clubs, Amy transferred to LA in the middle-’50s. He documented with Dizzy Gillespie in 1955, after that worked in the first ’60s with Onzy Matthews and Roy Ayers, and performed and documented with Gerald Wilson in 1965 and 1966. Amy led rings that highlighted Bobby Hutcherson, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Owens, Kenny Barron, and Ayers within the ’60s, and documented for Pacific Jazz and Verve.

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