Jim Pepper

 

June 18, 1941 -- February 10, 1992

As a pioneer of fusion jazz, Jim Pepper is credited with combining elements of jazz and rock. The Native American tenor saxophonist of Kaw and Creek heritage achieved notoriety for his compositions fusing jazz with Native American music. His “Witchi Tai To”—derived from a peyote song of the Native American Church which he had learned from his grandfather—is the most famous example of this inspiring hybrid style.