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Don Lanphere Dies

Saxophonist Don Lanphere, who was a contemporary of Charlie Parker and a veteran of New York City’s famous 52nd jazz scene in the ’40s and ’50s, died Thursday at Group Health Eastside Hospital in Redmond, Wash. of hepatitis C. He was 75.

Lanphere was a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Wenatchee, Wash., where his father ran a music store. In 1947, at the age of 19, Lanphere took his tenor sax to New York and immersed himself in the bebop scene. He cut records with trumpeter Fats Navarro and can be heard on most best-of Navarro collections. Lanphere also found a place within the big band community and played in the jazz orchestras of Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet and Billy May.

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