Ayler, Albert

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Albert Ayler
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Ayler, Albert Gender: M
born on 13 July 1936 at 01:27 (= 01:27 AM )
Place Cleveland, Ohio, 41n30, 81w42
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 20°40' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 11°39 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 26°26'


American black singer, composer and player of the bagpipes and alto saxophonist. He began playing the sax at age seven and played as a teen in folk and blues bands. His work didn't go over well and he moved to Sweden in 1962 to play in a band there. His first album appeared in January 1963, a classic jazz named "My Name is Albert Ayler." After moving back to N.Y., he began to record regularly and toured the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.

He served in the Army, 1958-1961.

Raised in a family of music; his brother played trumpet and his dad sang and played the sax and violin. Original in all his works, Ayler was driven, sincere and deeply religious. He died mysteriously, November 1970, missing for 20 days, found floating drowned in the East River.

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  • Social : Joined group 1958 (Army, four yrs.)
  • Family : Change residence 1962 (Moved to Sweden)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released January 1963 (First album released)
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  • Death, Mysterious November 1970 (Drowned in East River, age 34)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frank C. Clifford


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Dad and brother musicians)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Toured)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (U.S. to Sweden to U.S.)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Deeply religious)
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (Drowned mysteriously)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Saxophone from age seven)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Bagpipe and alto saxophonist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Jazz)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Army, four years)