Tony Scott, a famed clarinetist and unofficial jazz diplomat, died March 28th in Rome. He was 85.
Born Anthony Joseph Sciacca in Morristown, N.J., on June 17th, 1921, Scott was widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists, an innovator at the forefront of modern jazz. He had such an impressive range on the instrument, reaching eight notes above the highest C so that its sound approached that of a saxophone or a trumpet. Though he has gained most of his recognition for his clarinet playing, Scott also played alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, guitar and piano, in addition to being a scat singer.