to the official website of master maestro ODEAN POPE, a Philadelphia founding father of jazz saxophone, prolific composer, arranger and treasured educator. Odean Pope’s music is consistently ON THE EDGE, described as a “tenor terror” (Jazz Times, 6/06) and is solidly grounded by its marbleized harmonies and tones. A musician’s musician, Odean attracts some of the most exciting musical minds to collaborate with him as on his highly acclaimed CDs “Locked and Loaded” and “Odean’s List.”
Listen to “To The Roach” from Odean’s List
“Odean Pope is a bad, bad, bad musician, man!” said Joe Lovano after playing on “Locked and Loaded.” Ornette Coleman was moved to write the liner notes. Archie Shepp, feeling similarly, wrote extensive liner notes for “Odean’s List.” Odean was a member of the Max Roach Quartet for more than two decades and has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz artists. Odean has devoted a musical lifetime toward developing his distinctive voice that remains boldly inventive and just plain gorgeous.
Odean is honored to be the 2017 recipient of the Mid-Atlantic LIVING LEGACY AWARD for jazz and will be proud to receive it at The Kennedy Center this October 27th.