Elmo Hope

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Birthday
27, 1923
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 19, 1967 (43)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
27, 1923
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 19, 1967 (43)

About

Jazz artist known for his individualistic approach, specializing mainly in the bop and hard-bop genres. He struggled with drugs his entire life.

Before Fame

He initially performed with the Joe Morris band and served as a leader and sideman for Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, and others.

Trivia

He was shortly imprisoned for drug charges in 1961. His career never completely recovered.

Family Life

He married pianist Bertha Rosamond, who was a sometimes collaborator. She continued to advocate for his legacy following his death.

Associated With

He was largely ignored in his day, but critics like David Rosenthal reevaluated his legacy and placed him on equal standing with Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk.