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Al Haig

p, 1922-1982 US, Newark, New Jersey
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Allan Warren Haig

American jazz pianist and one of the pioneers of bebop. Born : July 19, 1922 in Newark, New Jersey. Died : November 16, 1982 in New York City, New York. (Heart attack) Al started playing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in 1945 [2], and performed and recorded under Gillespie from 1945 to 1946, as a member of Eddie Davis And His Beboppers in 1946 (also featuring Fats Navarro), and Eddie Davis And His Quintet in 1947, under Parker from 1948 to 1950, and under Stan Getz from 1949 to 1951. The Gillespie quintet, which included Haig, recorded four 78 r.p.m. sides for Guild Records in May 1945 which are regarded as the first recordings to demonstrate all elements of the mature bebop style. He was part of the celebrated nonet on the first session of Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool. Although Haig became known for his distinctive and pioneering bebop style, he in fact spent much of his career playing in non-jazz contexts. His work was the subject of a revival in the 1970s. In 1969 Haig was acquitted of a murder charge. He had been accused of strangling his third wife, Bonnie, at their home in Clifton, New Jersey on 9 October 1968. He had said in evidence that his wife had been drunk, and had died in a fall down a flight of stairs. Grange Rutan, Haig's second wife, challenged Haig's account in her 2007 book, Death of a Bebop Wife. Rutan's book is partly autobiographical, partly based on interviews with friends and family members. She describes Bonnie's story in detail, describing an underside to Haig that included a history of serial domestic abuse. Rutan notes that several family members sounded alarm bells regarding Haig's violent personality that went unheeded. Importantly, she quotes bassist Harold Gaylor, who was talking with Haig before a performance at the Edison Hotel lounge in the early seventies, when Haig admitted to him he had caused Bonnie's death. In 1974 Haig was invited to tour Europe by Tony Williams (13), owner of Spotlite Records in the UK. At the end of a very successful tour he recorded the 'Invitation' album for Spotlite, with Gilbert Rovère, on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. This kick-started his re-emergence and over the next eight years he built a strong following in Europe and toured several times, recording in the UK and France, and appearing elsewhere. He recorded for several Japanese labels

  • Piano
  • Electric piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • Pop
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Blues for Alice on Ornithology by Al Haig
Enigma on Ornithology by Al Haig
Stars Fell On Alabama on Prezervation by Stan Getz & Al Haig
Stardust on Prezervation by Stan Getz & Al Haig
All the Things You Are on Al Haig Plays the Music of Jerome Kern by Al Haig
Stairway To The Stars on Prezervation by Stan Getz & Al Haig
Earless Engineering on Prezervation by Stan Getz & Al Haig
Opus Caprice on Prezervation by Stan Getz & Al Haig
Ornithology on Ornithology by Al Haig
Short P, Not LP on Prezervation by Stan Getz & Al Haig

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Cleff Session 1953Al Haig2009Album
1953Al Haig2002Album
Meets Master Bop SaxesAl Haig1999Compil.
Manhattan MemoriesAl Haig1999Album
Prestige First Sessions Vol. 1Don Lanphere / Fats Navarro / Leo Parker / Al Haig1992Compil.
Live In HollywoodAl Haig, Chet Baker, Sonny Criss, Jack Montrose1985Album
Blue ManhattanAl Haig, Reggie Johnson, Frank Gant1984Album
Be Bop LiveAl Haig, Peter King, Art Themen, Ken Baldock, Allan Ganley1983Album
Europa JazzCharlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Max Roach1981Compil.
Plays The Music Of Jerome KernAl Haig1980Album
The Be-Bop Keyboard MastersGeorge Wallington / Al Haig / Duke Jordan / Wade Legge1980Compil.
StablematesJon Eardley / Al Haig1979Album
Al In ParisAl Haig & Pierre Michelot1979Album
Piano TimeAl Haig1979Album
Expressly EllingtonAl Haig, Jamil Nasser, Art Themen1979Album
A Portrait Of Bud PowellAl Haig1978Album
Al Haig Meets The Master Saxes (Volume Two)Al Haig, Allen Eager And Stan Getz1978Compil.
Parisian ThoroughfareAl Haig1977Album
Duke'N'BirdAl Haig1977Album
Al Haig Meets The Master Saxes, Volume OneAl Haig, Coleman Hawkins, Wardell Gray, John Hardee1977Album
ReminiscenceAl Haig1977Album
SerendipityAl Haig1977Album
InterplayAl Haig1976Album
Piano InterpretationAl Haig1976Album
Strings AttachedAl Haig & Jimmy Raney1975Album
Trio And Quintet!Al Haig1970Compil.
Today!Al Haig1964Album
Bird At St. Nick's - Volume 2Charlie Parker, Al Haig, Roy Haynes, Red Rodney And Tommy Potter1957Single
Bird At St. Nick's - Volume 1Charlie Parker, Al Haig, Roy Haynes, Red Rodney And Tommy Potter1957Single
Jazz Will-O-The-WispAl Haig1957Album
Salt Peanuts / Hot HouseDizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sidney Catlett, Al Haig, Curly Russell1945Album
Lover Man / Shaw 'NuffDizzy Gillespie And Charlie Parker, Sidney Catlett, Al Haig, Curly Russell1945Album
Meets The Master Saxes Volume ThreeAl HaigCompil.
The Small Groups 1945-1946 Original RecordingsDizzy Gillespie Featuring Charlie Parker with Sonny Stitt, Al Haig and Milt JacksonCompil.
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