"Paul Desmond" was an American jazz alto saxophone/alto saxophonist and composer, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast jazz/West Coast's cool jazz scene.
In addition to his work with Dave Brubeck/Brubeck, he led several of his own groups and did significant collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall (musician)/Jim Hall and Chet Baker. After years of chain smoking and general poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 following one last tour with Brubeck.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous musicians! More Paul Desmond on Wikipedia.