Wardell Gray

Born: 
02/13/1921
City: 
Oklahoma City
Region: 
Oklahoma
Country: 
USA
Died: 
05/25/1955
Years Active: 
1940-1955
Genre(s): 
Instruments: 
Sax
Notable Equipment: 
Recorded With: 

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Wardell Gray was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who straddled the swing and bebop periods. Born in Oklahoma City, he moved with his family to Detroit in 1929. Gray began attending Northeastern High School and then transferred to Cass Technical High School, leaving in 1936 before graduating. Benny Cater called Gray in May 1955 to be part of the band at the opening the Moulin Rouge Hotel. He attended rehearsals but, when the club opened on 25 May, Wardell was absent. The next day he was found on a stretch of desert on the outskirts of Las Vegas dead with a broken neck. Although ruled an accidental death, foul play was suspected by some, especially given Gray's possible association with reputed mob boss Meyer Lansky.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/24/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/25/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/26/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/27/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/28/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/29/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 11/30/1944 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/04/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/05/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/06/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/07/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/08/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/09/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 05/10/1945 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/20/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/21/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/22/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/23/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/24/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/25/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Earl Hines Orchestra 09/26/1946 Paradise Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Wardell Gray 02/27/1947 Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles California USA
Gene Norman's Just Jazz Concerts 04/29/1947 Pasadena Civic Auditorium Pasadena California USA
The Bopland Boys 07/06/1947 Elks Ballroom Los Angeles California USA
Count Basie Orchestra 10/16/1948 IMA Auditorium Flint Michigan USA

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