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About Paul Desmond
Paul Emil Breitenfeld, famously called Paul Desmond, was a highly talented 20th-century American saxophonist and composer. He was best known for his successes with the "Dave Brubeck Quartet" and his various collaborations with several top jazz musicians.
Background & Early Life
The saxophonist was born in San Francisco, California. By age 12, he had learned the clarinet. He attended San Francisco Polytechnic High School. He also enrolled at San Francisco State College for a year and learned the alto saxophone.
Paul was later drafted into the US Army and eventually joined the US Army band. He served in the military for three years and was discharged in 1946.
Music Career Highlights
After meeting fellow musician Dave Brubeck in 1944 during his military service, they formed the "Dave Brubeck Quartet." The group significantly increased America's jazz audience and had a massive impact for over 15 years. Their hit records included "Jazz Goes to College," "Jazz at Oberlin" and "Time Out." In addition, Desmond was known for writing the hit tune "Take Five" which undoubtedly revolutionized jazz music. Unfortunately, the quartet split in 1967.
His health started deteriorating due to his smoking habit and he later died from lung cancer, aged 52, on May 30, 1977.
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F.A.Q. about Paul Desmond
When is his birthday?
Paul Desmond's birthday is on November 25, 1924.
In how many days is his birthday?
Paul's birthday is in 271 days
How old was Paul when he died?
He was 52 years old.
When did he die?
He died in May 30, 1977.
How old would he be today?
Paul Desmond would be 99 years old if he was alive today.
Where was Paul from?
He was born in San Francisco, California, U.S..