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Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975) was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.

Adderley is remembered for his 1966 single “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, a crossover hit on the pop charts, and for his work with trumpeter Miles Davis, including on the epochal album Kind of Blue (1959). He was the brother of jazz cornetist Nat Adderley, a longtime member of his band.

The name ‘Canonball’ is supposed to have originated from his being nicknamed ‘cannibal’ in his youth, on account of his prodigious eating

Early life and career
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Adderley moved to New York in the mid-1950s. His nickname derived originally from “cannibal”, a title imposed on him by high school colleagues as a tribute to his voracious appetite.

His educational career was long established prior to teaching applied instrumental music classes at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cannonball moved to Tallahassee, Florida when his parents obtained teaching positions at Florida A&M University. Both Cannonball and brother Nat played with Ray Charles when Charles lived in Tallahassee during the early 1940s. Cannonball was a local legend in Florida until he moved to New York City in 1955, where he lived in Corona, Queens.


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  • pulsar00


    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Forteski

    Great sax.

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Slim_rafa


    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FlambYi


    6 Jun 2013 Reply
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    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheBladeRunner_

    Dancing In The Dark

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Domin_vlc

    27 Sep 2012 Reply

    Happy Birthday !

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MrJazzyMan

    Great saxophonist.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Vote, please -

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • yan_g

    When I got Mile's records with Coltrane & Cannonball I first thought he would only be another sax player, but actually even next to Coltrane's genius, Cannonball remains delightful and surprising :) Some records have been mentionned in the comments already, I would add Mile's "Milestones" for those who commited the sin of living without it until now :)

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TheFructose

    Kind of Blue is Somethin' Else 2.0. Anybody who's into Miles Davis should listen to Cannonball Adderley.

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • WilliamStonier


    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • HeysM

    No Sentenzia, really, this is true jazz club music!

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Sentenzia22

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    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • HeysM

    The way I see it Cannonball gives us a true club music, a great one.

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • jazz_and_more

    from >270 bands, 10 are characteristic for jazz groups, and... unfortunately this week: Cannonball had to move down from top10 list :-( see top10 at:

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • gungnir_sword

    Saxophone master.

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • slimdrow

    you must get next to Nippon Soul!

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • gazad-jewerdin

    Listened to Somethin else, digged it. Any suggestions what album I get next?

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
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