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Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States (1921 – 1955)

Wardell Gray (February 13, 1921 – May 25, 1955) was an American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist.

Wardell Gray was born in Oklahoma City, the youngest of four children. His early childhood years were spent in Oklahoma, before moving with his family to Detroit, Michigan in 1929. In early 1935, Gray began attending Northeastern High School, and then transferred to Cass Technical High School, which is noted for having Donald Byrd, Lucky Thompson and Al McKibbon as alumni. He left… read more

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