He died at age 23. Little was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the fourth child of Booker, a Pullman porter (who was also a trombonist) and his wife, Ophelia (who played piano). Little graduated from Manassas High School. He studied trumpet at the Chicago Conservatory with Joseph Summerhill from 1956 to 1958 and it was during this time that he worked with leading local musicians such as Johnny Griffin.
Later, after moving to New York, while he lived with Sonny Rollins, Little became associated with drummer Max Roach and multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, recording with them both as a sideman and a leader. With Dolphy, he co-led a residency at the Five Spot club in New York in June 1961, from which three albums were eventually issued by Prestige Records. It was during this stint that he began to show promise of expanding the expressive range of the "vernacular" bebop idiom started by Clifford Brown, his most obvious influence as a performer. He also appeared on Dolphy's album Far Cry (New Jazz 8270), recorded December 21, 1960. Little died of complications resulting from uremia on October 5, 1961, in New York City, New York. He was survived by his wife, two sons (Booker T.
III, and Larry Cornelius), and 2 daughters (Larue Cornelia) and Ana Dorsey. Discography As leader 1958: Booker Little 4 and Max Roach (United Artists) 1960: Booker Little (Time) 1961: Out Front (Candid Records) with Julian Priester, Eric Dolphy, Don Friedman, Ron Carter, Art Davis, Max Roach 1961: Booker Little and Friend (Bethlehem) This album was re-released under the name Victory and Sorrow As sideman With Max Roach Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago Scene (EmArcy, 1958) Max Roach + 4 at Newport (Emarcy, 1958) Deeds, Not Words (Riverside, 1958) Award-Winning Drummer (Time, 1958) The Many Sides of Max (Mercury, 1959) We Insist! (Candid, 1960) Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse!, 1961) With Eric Dolphy Far Cry (Prestige, 1960) At the Five Spot (New Jazz / OJC, 1961) With John Coltrane Africa/Brass (Impulse!, 1960) With Slide Hampton Slide Hampton and His Horn of Plenty (Strand, 1959) With Bill Henderson Bill Henderson Sings (Vee Jay, 1959) With Abbey Lincoln Straight Ahead (Candid, 1961) With Frank Strozier Fantastic Frank Strozier (Vee-Jay, 1960) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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