- Les Spann
Leslie Spann, Jr. (May 23, 1932,
Pine Bluff, Arkansas- January 24, 1989) was an American jazzguitarist and flautist.
Spann studied flute and music education at
Tennessee State Universityfrom 1950 to 1957. He then played with Phineas Newborn(1957), Ronnell Bright(1958), and Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he performed on two Verve Recordsalbums. Spann toured Europe in 1959-61, playing with Quincy Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Ben Webster, Duke Ellington, and Johnny Hodges. He led a quintet for a recording in 1960; his sidemen for the session included Julius Watkinsand Tommy Flanagan. He also recorded with Nat Adderley, Benny Bailey, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller, Charlie Shavers, Red Garland, Jerome Richardson, Wild Bill Davis, Charles Mingus, Duke Pearson, Sonny Stitt, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.
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