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Lin Halliday
Lin Halliday
January 25, 2000
Age 63 
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  Chicago Tenor Saxophonist Lin Halliday Dies At 63

  

                    Tenor saxophonist Lin Halliday, who started his professional career in the 
                    late 1950s but wouldn't achieve wider notoriety until later in life, died 
                    Tuesday (Jan. 25) in Chicago of natural causes. He was 63.  

                     Halliday was well known to the Windy City jazz community for his 
                     post-bop-styled performances at such local venues as the Green Mill, 
                     the Bop Shop, Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase and the Get Me 
                     High Lounge. He was in his 50s when he released his debut 
                     album, tellingly named Delayed Exposure, on the Delmark 
                     label.  

                     Halliday was born in De Queen, Ark., on June 16, 1936, but 
                     was raised in the state capital of Little Rock, where he took 
                     up clarinet and saxophone. After graduating high school, 
                     Halliday moved to Los Angeles, where he began playing 
                     professionally with altoist Joe Maini and at local jam sessions. 

                     Within a few years, Halliday left California for Wisconsin, 
                     where he took a break from performance to hone his chops 
                     (paying special attention to the recordings of Sonny Rollins). 
                     He moved to New York in 1958, and the following year 
                     replaced Wayne Shorter in Maynard Ferguson's orchestra. He 
                     also performed in the ensembles of Louis Bellson and Philly 
                     Joe Jones at around that time.  

                     For a period in the 1960s, Halliday lived and played around 
                     Nashville, Tenn., where he'd moved to raise his family. In 
                     1978, he sustained a serious injury to his knees and was 
                     confined to bed for an extended period. In 1980, Halliday 
                     moved to Chicago, where his career started anew with club 
                     appearances and a Delmark record deal. In the 1990s, he 
                     released three albums for the label, including Delayed 
                     Exposure, East Of The Sun, and Where Or When. He also 
                     co-led the album Stablemates with saxophonist Eric 
                     Alexander.  

                     He is survived by his daughters Laura MacMahon and Jennifer 
                     Halliday, and a grandson, Brady Duncan. Lin Halliday will be 
                     cremated, with his ashes and saxophone to be sent to Ms. 
                     Halliday.  

                                                          -- Drew Wheeler

    
  
 
       
 

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 BORN: 1936, DeQueene, AR

                    It was fitting that Lin Halliday's first record as a leader was called Delayed Exposure, for 
                    the talented tenor was already 55. Raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Halliday has been a 
                    professional since graduating high school. He spent time in Los Angeles, playing at sessions 
                    under the guidance of altoist Joe Maini. Halliday spent a year in Wisconsin and then in 1958 
                    moved to New York. The following year he was Wayne Shorter's replacement with the 
                    Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, and later on he spent time with the groups of Louie Bellson 
                    and Philly Joe Jones. After more time in Little Rock, Los Angeles and also Chicago, Halliday 
                    settled in Nashville in 1966. The tenor saxophonist worked in the studios and in local clubs 
                    until 1978, when an injury put him out of action for two years. After he recovered, he 
                    moved permanently to Chicago in 1980, where he became a major fixture in the local jazz 
                    scene. A strong hard bop soloist who can hold his own with anyone in a jam session, Lin 
                    Halliday recorded with trumpeter Brad Goode in 1988 and since then has led three CDs of 
                    his own for Delmark. ~ Scott Yanow, All-Music Guide 

 
 
  
 
 

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