Oliver Lake

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Oliver Lake
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Lake taking a bow at Other Minds in San Francisco, 2016
Background information
Born (1942-09-14) September 14, 1942 (age 81)
Marianna, Arkansas, U.S. [1]
Genres Jazz
Years active1971–present
Labels Freedom, Black Saint, Arista Novus, Gramavision, Intakt, Justin Time
Website www.oliverlake.net
Oliver Lake at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 3/6/88 Oliver Lake 1988.jpg
Oliver Lake at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 3/6/88

Oliver Lake (born September 14, 1942) [1] is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, poet, and visual artist. He is known mainly for alto saxophone, but he also performs on soprano and flute. [2] During the 1960s, Lake worked with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis. [1] In 1977, he founded the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett. [2] Lake worked in the group Trio 3 with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille. [2] Lake has appeared on more than 80 albums as a bandleader, co-leader, and side musician. He is the father of drummer Gene Lake. Lake has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. [3]


Awards and honors


As leader

With Trio 3

As sideman

With Björk

With World Saxophone Quartet

With others

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  1. 1 2 3 Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 251. ISBN   0-85112-580-8.
  2. 1 2 3 "Oliver Lake | Biography & History". AllMusic . Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  3. "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger , September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Oliver Lake -- Lake, a longtime resident of Montclair, is a formidable alto saxophonist and composer of the jazz avant-garde."