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Joe Harriott


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Joe Harriott (1928-1973) was a Jamaican jazz musician and composer, whose principal instrument was the alto saxophone. Initially a bebopper, he is now widely acknowledged as one of the worldwide pioneers of free jazz.

Born Joseph Arthurlin Harriott on 15th July 1928 in Kingston, Jamaica, he was educated at Kingston’s famed Alpha Boys School, which produced a number of prominent Jamaican musicians. He moved to the U.K. as a working musician in 1951, and lived in the country until his death on 2nd January 1973 in Southampton, Hampshire.

Harriott was part of a wave of Caribbean jazz musicians who arrived in Britain during the 1950s, including Dizzy Reece, Harold McNair, Harry Beckett, and Wilton Gaynair.


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  • wingsoftoast

    just got a copy of 'abstract' - he was a genius!!!! why isn't there moe stuff available - jamaican dolphy...

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • wppss

    it had been the only track on here. it wasn't that it was never performed by him, or recorded by him, but that was all had for Harriott. Then, Free Form took over; Round About Midnight isnt even on the list anymore (I used to be venusincancer)

    18 Mar 2010 Reply
  • In_Consonance

    ...everyone has covered it"..."

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • VenusInCancer

    Round About Midnight is not a Harriott song...

    30 Mar 2008 Reply

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