…to the official website of a Philadelphia founding father of jazz saxophone, composer, arranger and educator, Odean Pope. Ephemeral is not typically what one thinks when hearing Odean Pope, described as a “tenor terror” (Jazz Times, 6/06) who is solidly grounded by marbleized harmonies and tones. A musician’s musician, Odean attracts some of the most exciting musical minds to collaborate with him, as on his upcoming CD, “Odean’s List:” The roster includes James Carter, Jeff
“Tain” Watts, Terell Stafford, Walter Blanding, David Weiss, Lee Smith and George Burton.
Joe Lovano said, “Odean Pope is a bad, bad, bad, beautiful musician, man.” Ornette Coleman was so moved when he heard the performance of “Locked & Loaded” that he cried and wrote the liner notes. A member of the Max Roach Quartet for more than two decades, Odean has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz artists. Odean has spent a musical lifetime developing his distinctive voice that remains boldly inventive and gorgeous.