Born: June 20, 1928
Died: June 29, 1964
Occupation: Musician, bandleader, composer, sideman
Biography: Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flutist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, piccolo, and baritone saxophone. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists.