|JAZZPAR Artists - Johnny Coles|
| Johnny Coles (US), 1926-1997, performed with
Prize Winner Geri Allen and The JAZZPAR 1996 Nonet.
Johnny Coles was an autodidact. Since the mid 40s he
had played with a number of bands, and from 1958 to 1964 he was often
featured as a soloist with Gil Evans. During the same period he took part
in the recordings of the historic collaboration between Miles Davis and
Gil Evans. On tour with the Charles Mingus combo Coles came to Copenhagen,
among other places, in 1964. Duke Ellington too, from 1971 until his death
in 74, made good use of Coles' special talents.
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