Cannonball Adderley

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Nat and Cannonball Adderley in Amsterdam, 1961

Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975), originally from Tampa, Florida, was a jazz alto saxophonist who mainly performed in small combos.


  • A young tenor player was complaining to me that Coleman Hawkins made him nervous. Man, I told him Hawkins was supposed to make him nervous! Hawkins has been making other sax players nervous for forty years!
  • I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.
    • Interviewed by the "Chicago SEED" (November 1968)
  • There's no future without the past and anybody who doesn't really understand where jazz has come from has no right to try to direct where it's going.
    • Interviewed by the "Chicago SEED" (November 1968)

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