Art Pepper

Birth Name:
Arthur Edward Pepper Jr.
Birth Date:
September 1, 1925
Birth Place:
Gardena, California
Death Date:
June 15, 1982
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Cemetery Name:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Considered by many to be the the world's great altoist of his generation, Art Pepper was an alto saxophonist anda longtime fixture in West Coast jazz circles. He first started jamming at the age of 13 on Central Avenue (the black nightclub district in South Central L.A. in the 1940s). At the age of 17, he began playing professionally with Benny Carter and then became part of the Stan Kenton orchestra, touring with that band until 1943. After he played primarily with his own group. Despite his addiction to heroin, his substance abuse and legal travails did not affect the quality of his recordings, which maintained a high level of musicianship throughout his career until his death in 1982.

Fun Fact

Art Pepper spent a stretch of time at the notorious San Quentin prison on a drug charge in the 1960s along with musicians Glen Sherley and Frank Morgan.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, California, 90038


North America


Grave Location:

Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery take the second right and drive straight ahead to the Abbey of the Psalms mausoleum. Enter the door on the right side of the mausoleum and look for the Sanctuary of Trust. Art Pepper’s final resting place is on the bottom row, 18 spaces from the side entrance.



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