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Paul Desmond

Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, October 8, 1954
Background information
Birth name Paul Emil Breitenfeld
Also known as “The Stork”
Born (1924-11-25)November 25, 1924
San Francisco, California, United States
Died May 30, 1977(1977-05-30) (aged 52)
Manhattan, New York City, United States[1]
Genres Cool jazz, West Coast jazz, mainstream jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Alto saxophone, clarinet
Labels Columbia, RCA Victor, Horizon, CTI
Associated acts Dave Brubeck, Ed Bickert, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Chet Baker

I was overlooked long before anyone knew who I was.
Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught.
I would also like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age.
Paul Desmond
We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing.
Paul Desmond