03/16/14

Med Flory, Alto Saxophonist, Dies at 87

Supersax founder was also an actor

Med Flory, an alto saxophonist who co-founded the group Supersax and was also a prolific television actor, died in North Hollywood, Calif., on March 12. The cause of death was not reported. Flory was 87.

Flory was best known in the jazz community for his work with Supersax, a nine-piece band he and bassist Buddy Clark formed in 1972, originally as a tribute to Charlie Parker. The group took home a Grammy in 1974 for its album Supersax Plays Bird, one of several Supersax recorded for such labels as Capitol and Columbia.

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Med Flory

Meredith Irwin Flory was born on Aug. 27, 1926, in Logansport, Ind. He initially played clarinet in his high school band. After a stint in the military and completion of college, he moved to New York, where he played in the bands of Woody Herman, Claude Thornhill and others.

Flory also had an active career as an actor on several 1960s TV hits, primarily Westerns such as Gunsmoke and The Rifleman, as well as roles in several films.

2 Comments

  • Mar 17, 2014 at 01:13AM Hal Starkey

    I met Med in the early 1970's at the Wichita Jazz Festival. He was a great musician and actor. I'd always recognize that voice.

  • Apr 06, 2014 at 07:38PM jackheinsius

    Met Med & Supersax ( Warne Marsh, Blue Mitchell et al) at Columbia College in California in the mid seventies when they gave a concert/ workshop. Got to introduce this group of jazz gentlemen who really SWUNG those Bird classics. Thanks Med for making my Norman Granz moment. I'm sure they have a chair waiting for you at the big gig. jack

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