Mulligan, Gerry. (1927–1996)
Signed photograph of the great baritone sax player, arranger, and composer, who is shown playing his instrument and has signed at the lower margin in black ink. Black and white matte print in very fine condition. 5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.5 cm).
Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. Mulligan's pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the more important cool jazz groups. Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments.