Chelsea Bridge

David Murray

David Murray Infinity Quartet

Saxophonist David Murray was born February 19, 1955 in Oakland, California.

Murray’s father played piano and his mother played guitar, and as a child he played with them at church events.

At age 13 he started playing in jazz groups, and after high school he attended Pomona College for music studies.

Murray moved to New York City at age 20, and opened his own jazz loft space.

In 1976 he became one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet.

Murray has toured and recorded with McCoy Tyner, Olu Dara, Elvin Jones and others.

After feeling the initial influence of free jazz David Murray deviated from the course of most tenor saxophonists by not emulating Charlie Parker.

He chose instead to follow styles of mainstream tenors Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.

Additionally known for bass clarinet and at times alto sax, Murray has recorded prolifically since the ’70s.

Billy Strayhorn wrote “Chelsea Bridge” in 1941.

The “David Murray Infinity Quartet” perform at the Jazzit Musik Club in 2013.

Personnel:

David Murray, alto sax
Rod Williams, piano
Jaribu Shaheed, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums