Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and
soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin "Cannonball"
Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging,
rhythmically robust style of music that became known as
Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida,
Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He
became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own
band while studying music at the U.S. Naval Academy and
then led an army band while stationed at Fort Knox,
Kentucky. Originally nicknamed "Cannibal" in high school for
his voracious appetite, the nickname mutated into
"Cannonball" and stuck.
In 1955, Adderley traveled to New York City with his
younger brother and lifelong musical partner, Nat Jr.