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Gloria Coleman
Gloria started playing the violin as her first instrument, but switched to the bass later. In 1952, she started to perform as a bassist in Chicago and Philadelphia. But more and more, Gloria's interest was devoted to the piano, then to the organ. Deep influences an her had the music of Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith.
Like Shirley Scott, the other great female organ player, Gloria married a saxophonist, George Coleman, whose work led her further career. Gloria passed away on 15 February 2010.


Soul Sisters
Impulse A-47
released 1964
recorded May 1963 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Gloria Coleman, organ
Pola Roberts, drums
Grant Green, guitar
Leo Wright, alto sax
Soul Talk
Vortex 2011
released 1970
Leo Wright alto sax, flute
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Gloria Coleman, organ
Frankie Dunlop, drums
Gloria Coleman Ltd.
Mainstream MRL 322
released 1971
Gloria Coleman, organ
Earl T. Dunbar jr, guitar
Charles Davis, drums
Eay Copeland, flugelhorn
James Anderson, tenor sax
Dick Griffin, trombone
City Beat
Malaco Records MAL 1502 CD
released 1989
recorded July 1989 in New York, NY/USA
Bobbi Humphrey, flute, vocals
Tom Browne, trumpet
Ron Miller, guitar
Doc Powell, guitar
Gloria Coleman, organ
Tommy James, keyboards
Bevin Turnbull, keyboards
Noel Pointer, violin
Buddy Williams, drums
Anthony MacDonald, percussion
Groove Master
Milestone MCD 9182-2
released 1990
recorded January/March 1990 in New York/USA
Hank Crawford, alto sax, piano
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Gloria Coleman, organ
Dr. John, piano
Wilbur Bascomb, bass
Bernard Purdie, drums
Alan Rubin, trumpet
Lew Soloff, trumpet
Lou Marini, tenor sax
Howard Johnson, baritone sax
South Central
Milestone MCD 9201-2
released 1993
recorded February 1990 in New York/USA
Hank Crawford, alto sax
Melvin Sparks, guitar
Dr. John, piano
Gloria Coleman, organ
Wilbur Bascomb, bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
Howard Johnson, baritone sax
Lou Marini, tenor sax
Alan Rubin, trumpet
Lew Soloff, trumpet
Sweet Missy
Doodlin Records DR-006
recorded December 2007 in New York City/USA
Gloria Coleman, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
George Coleman, tenor sax
Eric Johnson, guitar
Lonnie Smith, piano
George Coleman jr, drums
Deszon Claiborne, drums

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