This Day in Black History: April 24, 1937

This Day in Black History: April 24, 1937

This Day in Black History: April 24, 1937

Jazz great Joe Henderson was born in Lima, Ohio, on April 24, 1937.

Published April 24, 2013

On April 24, 1937, jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson was born in Lima, Ohio.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, Henderson moved to New York City, where he met fellow saxophonist Dexter Gordon and joined Gordon's band. With a style rooted in bebop, R&B and Latin styles, his big break came by way of a memorable solo on Horace Silver's jukebox hit, "Song for My Father." His next milestone came when he signed with Blue Note records, appearing on 30 albums between 1963 and 1968.

Over his career, he would work with the leading names in jazz, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and the rock outfit Blood, Sweat & Tears. On June 30, 2001, Henderson passed away from heart failure after battling emphysema.

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Written by Britt Middleton


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