Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Born: 1936

Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, but
felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first
name to make Roland. In 1970, Kirk added “Rahsaan” to his

Preferring to lead his own groups, Kirk rarely performed as
a sideman, though he did record with arranger Quincy
Jones, Roy Haynes and had especially notable stints with
Charles Mingus. He played the lead flute and solo on Jones’
, a song popularized in the
Austin Powers films (Jones… Continue

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