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Allen Eager Dies

Allen Eager, a talented saxophonist of the bebop era who left music early in his career, died April 13 in Daytona Beach, Fla. of liver cancer. He was 76.

Born in New York City in 1927, Allen took up clarinet at 13, studying with Dave Weber of the New York Philharmonic. Allen’s parents eventually bought him a tenor saxophone and he took lessons with Ben Webster. After touring with guitarist Bobby Sherwood’s big band at 16, he found work in the bands of Woody Herman and Tommy Dorsey.

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