Eric Dolphy

Born in Los Angeles, California, Eric Dolphy was a musician and composer. He played the flute, alto saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet and worked with Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and other leading musicians of the period, as well as with his own quintet. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz and among the earliest significant flute soloists; he is arguably the greatest jazz improviser on both instruments.