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JULIAN PREISTER

Julian Priester

Born June 29, 1935 (age 82)
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Jazz fusion, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trombone, bass trombone, alto trombone

Julian Priester (born June 29, 1935 in Chicago) is an American jazz trombone player and composer.[1] He is sometimes credited as Julian Priester Pepo Mtoto.

He has played with many artists including Sun Ra, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.

In the early 1950s, Priester was a member of Sun Ra’s big band, recording several albums with the group before leaving Chicago in 1956 to tour with Lionel Hampton and he joined Dinah Washington in 1958. The following year he settled in New York and joined the group led by drummer Max Roach who heard him playing on the Philly Joe Jones album, “Blues for Dracula” (1958). While playing in Roach’s group, Priester also recorded two albums as a leader, Keep Swingin’ and Spiritsville, both of which were recorded and released by Riverside (the latter by their Jazzland subsidiary) in 1960.

Priester recorded two albums with trumpeter Booker Little in 1961, Out Front and Booker Little and Friend (also known as Victory and Sorrow), the first also features Roach, and Priester took part in the sessions for John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass album, which was recorded in the same year. He left Roach’s band during 1961, and between then and 1969 appeared as a sideman on albums led by Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Johnny Griffin, and Sam Rivers. In 1969, he accepted an offer to play with Duke Ellington’s big band, and he stayed with that ensemble for six months before leaving in 1970 to join pianist Herbie Hancock’s fusion sextet.

Priester attended Chicago’s DuSable High School, where he studied under Walter Dyett. In his teens he played with blues and R&B artists such as Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley, and had the opportunity to jam with jazz players like saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

Priester recorded two albums with trumpeter Booker Little in 1961, Out Front and Booker Little and Friend (also known as Victory and Sorrow), the first also features Roach, and Priester took part in the sessions for John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass album, which was recorded in the same year. He left Roach’s band during 1961, and between then and 1969 appeared as a sideman on albums led by Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Johnny Griffin, and Sam Rivers. In 1969, he accepted an offer to play with Duke Ellington’s big band, and he stayed with that ensemble for six months before leaving in 1970 to join pianist Herbie Hancock’s fusion sextet.

n addition to teaching and touring, Priester continues to record albums under his own name. He released Hints on Light and Shadow (with Sam Rivers and Tucker Martine) in 1997 and followed it in 2003 with In Deep End Dance.

Discography

As leader

1960: Keep Swingin’ (Riverside)
1960: Spiritsville (Jazzland)
1973: Love, Love (ECM)
1977: Polarization (ECM)
1997: Hints on Light and Shadow (with Sam Rivers) (Postcards)
2002: In Deep End Dance (Conduit)
2012: Blue Stride

As sideman

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With Anthony Braxton

Composition No. 96 (Leo, 1981 [1989])
With Donald Byrd

Fancy Free, (Blue Note, 1970)
With Jay Clayton

Live at Jazz Alley (ITM, 1995)
With John Coltrane

Africa/Brass, (Impulse!, 1961)
With Duke Ellington

New Orleans Suite (Atlantic, 1971)
The Intimate Ellington (Pablo, recorded 1969–71, released 1977)
Up in Duke’s Workshop (Pablo, recorded 1969–71, released 1979)
With David Friesen, Eddie Moore, Jim Pepper, and Mal Waldron

Remembering the Moment (Soul Note, 1987)
With Red Garland

So Long Blues (Galaxy, 1979 [1984])
Strike Up the Band (Galaxy, 1979 [1981])
With Johnny Griffin

The Little Giant (Riverside, 1959)
With George Gruntz

Theatre (ECM, 1983)
With Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi (Warner Bros., 1970)
Crossings (Herbie Hancock album) (Warner Bros., 1972)
Sextant (album) (Columbia, 1973)
With Billy Harper

Capra Black (Strata-East, 1973)
With Eddie Henderson

Sunburst (Blue Note, 1975)
Heritage (Blue Note, 1976)
Comin’ Through (Capitol, 1977)
Mahal (Capitol, 1978)
With Andrew Hill

Passing Ships (Blue Note, 1969)
With Dave Holland

Jumpin’ In (ECM, 1984)
Seeds of Time (ECM, 1985)
With Wayne Horvitz

4+1 Ensemble (Intuition, 1996 [1998])
From a Window (Avant, 2000)
With Freddie Hubbard

Hub Cap (Blue Note, 1961)
With Bobbi Humphrey

Fancy Dancer (Blue Note, 1975)
With Philly Joe Jones

Blues for Dracula (Riverside, 1958)
Showcase (Riverside, 1959)
With Clifford Jordan

These are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly (Atlantic, 1965)
Soul Fountain (Vortex, 1966 [1970])
In the World (Strata-East, 1969 [1972])
Masters from Different Worlds (Mapleshade, 1989 [1994]) with Ran Blake
The Mellow Side of Clifford Jordan (Mapleshade, 1989-91 [1997])
With Azar Lawrence

Bridge into the New Age (Prestige, 1974)
With Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Is Blue (Riverside, 1959)
Straight Ahead (Candid, 1961)
With Booker Little

Out Front (Candid, 1961)
Booker Little and Friend (Bethlehem, 1961)
With Herbie Mann

Impressions of the Middle East (Atlantic, 1966)
With Blue Mitchell

Smooth as the Wind (1961)
Boss Horn (1966)
With Lee Morgan

Sonic Boom (Blue Note, 1967)
With Duke Pearson

Introducing Duke Pearson’s Big Band (Blue Note, 1967)
With Sam Rivers

Dimensions & Extensions (Blue Note, 1967)
With Max Roach

The Many Sides of Max (Mercury, 1959 [1964])
Quiet as It’s Kept (Mercury, 1959)
Moon Faced and Starry Eyed (Mercury, 1959)
Long as You’re Living (Enja, 1960 [1984])
Parisian Sketches (Mercury, 1960)
We Insist!, (Candid, 1960)
Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse! 1961)
It’s Time (Impulse! 1962)
With Lonnie Smith

Turning Point, (1969)
With Sunn O)))

Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord, 2009)
With Sun Ra

Super-Sonic Jazz (Saturn)
Jazz by Sun Ra (Saturn)
Angels and Demons at Play (Saturn)
Somewhere Else (Rounder 1988–89)
With Cal Tjader
El Sonido Nuevo (Verve, 1967) with Eddie Palmieri
With Stanley Turrentine

The Spoiler (Blue Note, 1966)
A Bluish Bag (Blue Note, 1967)
With McCoy Tyner

Tender Moments (Blue Note, 1967)