Julian Priester

Julian Priester

born on 29/6/1935 in Chicago, IL, United States

Julian Priester

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Julian Priester (born June 29, 1935 in Chicago) is an American jazz trombone player and composer.[1] He is sometimes credited as Julian Priester Pepo Mtoto.

He has played with many artists including Sun Ra, Max Roach, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.


Priester attended Chicago's DuSable High School, where he studied under Walter Dyett. In his teens he played with blues and R&B artists such as Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley, and had the opportunity to jam with jazz players like saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

In the early 1950s, Priester was a member of Sun Ra's big band, recording several albums with the group before leaving Chicago in 1956 to tour with Lionel Hampton and he joined Dinah Washington in 1958. The following year he settled in New York and joined the group led by drummer Max Roach who heard him playing on the Philly Joe Jones album, "Blues for Dracula" (1958). While playing in Roach's group, Priester also recorded two albums as a leader, Keep Swingin' and Spiritsville, both of which were recorded and released by Riverside (the latter by their Jazzland subsidiary) in 1960.

Priester recorded two albums with trumpeter Booker Little in 1961, Out Front and Booker Little and Friend (also known as Victory and Sorrow), the first also features Roach, and Priester took part in the sessions for John Coltrane's Africa/Brass album, which was recorded in the same year. He left Roach's band during 1961, and between then and 1969 appeared as a sideman on albums led by Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Johnny Griffin, and Sam Rivers. In 1969, he accepted an offer to play with Duke Ellington's big band, and he stayed with that ensemble for six months before leaving in 1970 to join pianist Herbie Hancock's fusion sextet.

After leaving the Hancock in 1973, Priester moved to San Francisco, where he recorded two more albums as a leader: Love, Love in 1974 and 1977's Polarization. In 1979 he joined the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he taught jazz composition, performance, and history until retiring in 2011.[2]

In the 1980s, he became a member of the Dave Holland's quintet and also returned to Sun Ra's band for a few recordings. The 1990s saw the addition of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra to his schedule. Priester was co-leader with drummer Jimmy Bennington on 'Portraits and Silhouettes' which received an Honorable Mention in All About Jazz New York's 'Best Recordings of 2007', which culminated with the two musicians appearing at the 30th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Priester also performs on the album Monoliths & Dimensions by the drone metal band Sunn 0))), released in May 2009. His major contributions were to the final track of the album, "Alice," a tribute to Alice Coltrane.

In addition to teaching and touring, Priester continues to record albums under his own name. He released Hints on Light and Shadow (with Sam Rivers and Tucker Martine) in 1997 and followed it in 2003 with In Deep End Dance.


As leader

  • 1960: Keep Swingin' (Riverside)
  • 1960: Spiritsville (Jazzland)
  • 1973: Love, Love (ECM)
  • 1977: Polarization (ECM)
  • 1997: Hints on Light and Shadow (with Sam Rivers) (Postcards)
  • 2002: In Deep End Dance (Conduit)[3]
  • 2012: Blue Stride

As sideman

With Jane Ira Bloom

  • The Nearness (Arabesque, 1996)

With Anthony Braxton

  • Composition No. 96 (Leo, 1981 [1989])

With Donald Byrd

With Jay Clayton

  • Live at Jazz Alley (ITM, 1995)

With John Coltrane

With Duke Ellington

  • New Orleans Suite (Atlantic, 1971)
  • The Intimate Ellington (Pablo, recorded 1969–71, released 1977)
  • Up in Duke's Workshop (Pablo, recorded 1969–71, released 1979)

With David Friesen, Eddie Moore, Jim Pepper, and Mal Waldron

  • Remembering the Moment (Soul Note, 1987)

With Red Garland

  • So Long Blues (Galaxy, 1979 [1984])
  • Strike Up the Band (Galaxy, 1979 [1981])

With Johnny Griffin

  • The Little Giant (Riverside, 1959)

With George Gruntz

  • Theatre (ECM, 1983)

With Herbie Hancock

  • Mwandishi (Warner Bros., 1970)
  • Crossings (Herbie Hancock album) (Warner Bros., 1972)
  • Sextant (album) (Columbia, 1973)

With Billy Harper

  • Capra Black (Strata-East, 1973)

With Eddie Henderson

  • Sunburst (Blue Note, 1975)
  • Heritage (Blue Note, 1976)
  • Comin' Through (Capitol, 1977)
  • Mahal (Capitol, 1978)

With Andrew Hill

  • Passing Ships (Blue Note, 1969)

With Dave Holland

  • Jumpin' In (ECM, 1984)
  • Seeds of Time (ECM, 1985)

With Wayne Horvitz

  • 4+1 Ensemble (Intuition, 1996 [1998])
  • From a Window (Avant, 2000)

With Freddie Hubbard

  • Hub Cap (Blue Note, 1961)

With Bobbi Humphrey

  • Fancy Dancer (Blue Note, 1975)

With Philly Joe Jones

  • Blues for Dracula (Riverside, 1958)
  • Showcase (Riverside, 1959)

With Clifford Jordan

  • These are My Roots: Clifford Jordan Plays Leadbelly (Atlantic, 1965)
  • Soul Fountain (Vortex, 1966 [1970])
  • In the World (Strata-East, 1969 [1972])
  • Masters from Different Worlds (Mapleshade, 1989 [1994]) with Ran Blake
  • The Mellow Side of Clifford Jordan (Mapleshade, 1989-91 [1997])

With Azar Lawrence

  • Bridge into the New Age (Prestige, 1974)

With Abbey Lincoln

  • Abbey Is Blue (Riverside, 1959)
  • Straight Ahead (Candid, 1961)

With Booker Little

  • Out Front (Candid, 1961)
  • Booker Little and Friend (Bethlehem, 1961)

With Herbie Mann

  • Impressions of the Middle East (Atlantic, 1966)

With Blue Mitchell

  • Smooth as the Wind (1961)
  • Boss Horn (1966)

With Lee Morgan

  • Sonic Boom (Blue Note, 1967)

With Duke Pearson

  • Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (Blue Note, 1967)

With Sam Rivers

  • Dimensions & Extensions (Blue Note, 1967)

With Max Roach

  • The Many Sides of Max (Mercury, 1959 [1964])
  • Quiet as It's Kept (Mercury, 1959)
  • Moon Faced and Starry Eyed (Mercury, 1959)
  • Long as You're Living (Enja, 1960 [1984])
  • Parisian Sketches (Mercury, 1960)
  • We Insist!, (Candid, 1960)
  • Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse! 1961)
  • It's Time (Impulse! 1962)

With Lonnie Smith

  • Turning Point, (1969)

With Sunn O)))

  • Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord, 2009)

With Sun Ra

  • Super-Sonic Jazz (Saturn)
  • Jazz by Sun Ra (Saturn)
  • Angels and Demons at Play (Saturn)
  • Somewhere Else (Rounder 1988–89)
With Cal Tjader

With Stanley Turrentine

  • The Spoiler (Blue Note, 1966)
  • A Bluish Bag (Blue Note, 1967)

With McCoy Tyner

  • Tender Moments (Blue Note, 1967)


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ http://www.earshot.org/event/julian-priester-80th-birthday-celebration
  3. ^ Allmusic

External links

  • Official Website of Julian Priester
  • Biography from mp3.com
  • All About Jazz article
  • Biography from Postcard Records
  • Cornish College for the Arts
  • Jimmy Bennington/Julian Priester "Portraits and Silhouettes" ThatSwan! Records 1005
  • Julian Priester & Aaron Alexander "Conversational Music"

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