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Herbie Mann Dies

Herbie Mann, the most popular jazz flutist of the 1960s, died Tuesday, July 1 in Santa Fe, N.M. Mann was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 and had fought the disease since. He was 73.

Born Herbert Jay Soloman in New York in 1930, Mann began playing the clarinet at nine and later took up flute and tenor saxophone. He served in the Army for three years and was stationed in Italy, where he kept up his playing. Upon his return to the States in the early 1950s, Mann joined jazz accordianist Mat Matthews’ quartet. Mann was leading his own groups by the mid-’50s and recorded numerous albums for labels like Bethlehem, Prestige, Savoy and Verve before entering what would become a long-lasting contract with Atlantic in the ’60s.

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