Elvin Shepherd

Elvin Shepherd

Jazz Saxophone
BMHOF Class of 1997


Elvin Shepherd started his career as a trumpet player in the 1940's. At one time he worked in a trumpet section that consisted of himself, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

After deciding to switch from trumpet to saxophone, upon which he was self taught, he toured with numerous national acts and was one of the most successful band leaders in Buffalo during the 1950's to 1970's.

In addition to performing, Elvin taught a number of students. His best known saxophone student is Grover Washington. 

​​Back - 1997