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Joe Henderson (b. 24 April 1937, d. 30 June 2001) was born in Lima, Ohio and died recently of heart failure in San Francisco, California. Henderson was a tenor saxophonist with a unique style which differed from his more famous contemporaries John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.

Henderson studied music at Kentucky State College and Wayne University. He attained prominance in the early 1960's playing with the likes of organist Jack McDuff and trumpeter Kenny Dorham. He was a member of Horace Silver's quintet from 1964-1966 and recorded many albums as a leader. Other recordings of note are appearances with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. In 1992 Henderson signed with Verve Records and released a steady stream of solid jazz albums, including tributes to Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Billy Strayhorn.

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