Pharoah Sanders

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Birthday
13, 1940
Birthplace
Little Rock, AR
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
13, 1940 (age 78)
Birthplace
Little Rock, AR

About

Grammy Award-winning free jazz pioneer who is considered one of the greatest tenor saxophonists to ever live. Amiri Baraka supposedly gave him the name Pharaoh.

Before Fame

He performed with Sun Ra, but gained more popularity when he later worked with John Coltrane. He appeared on Ascension, Coltrane's influential 1965 release.

Trivia

He has performed internationally and has had a huge following in Japan.

Family Life

He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Associated With

He was born Farrell Sanders, but Sun Ra gave him the nickname Pharoah, which stuck.