American jazz saxophonist. Starting on clarinet & switching to alto-sax at 13, Pepper was playing professionally with [a=Benny Carter] by the age of 17.
After being drafted for service in 1943, Pepper was a leading alto-saxophonist in the 1950's, most often associated with the West Coast Jazz scene.
A 1982 Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame inductee.
[born]: September 1, 1925 - Gardena, California,
[died]: June 15, 1982 - Los Angeles, California