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Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy grew up in Washington, D.C.. At the age of seven he started studying drums with Gene Krupa and then with Louis Bellson.[1] By age 16 he was playing bebop with Billy Taylor, the Ellington bassist.

After playing jazz and blues on the Washington scene for four years, he left for the West Coast in 1970. There he started playing avant garde in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly with Mary Anne Driscoll, the singer pianist, and Arthur Baron on tenor sax. In 1974, Jimmy Lyons, Cecil Taylor’s legendary alto player, heard Paul play in Oakland and suggested he move to New York. Murphy did so, and became manager of Rashied Ali’s loft club Ali’s Alley.[2]

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