Cecil Payne, a baritone saxophonist whose impact was strongest during the height of the bebop era, died Nov. 27th. The cause of death was unknown. Payne was 84. During his six-decade career, Payne served both as a leader and a key band member for such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston and Illinois Jacquet.
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