Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Born: 
08/07/1935
City: 
Columbus
Region: 
Ohio
Country: 
USA
Died: 
12/05/1977
Years Active: 
1955-1977
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Clarinet, Flute, Sax

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously.

Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. He became blind at an early age as a result of poor medical treatment. In 1970, Kirk added "Rahsaan" to his name after hearing it in a dream.

Discography

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Roland Kirk Quartet 07/25/1961 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 07/26/1961 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 07/27/1961 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 07/28/1961 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 07/29/1961 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 07/30/1961 Minor Key Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/01/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/02/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/03/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/04/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/05/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/06/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/07/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/08/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/09/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/10/1963 Grand Bar Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/23/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/24/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/25/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/26/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/27/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 03/28/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 08/20/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 08/21/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA
Roland Kirk Quartet 08/22/1965 Drome Lounge Detroit Michigan USA

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