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Jay Migliori Dies at 70

Jay Migliori, who was perhaps most famous to jazz fans as a founding member of the group Supersax but who also had an extensive, varied, and distinguished career as a session saxophonist, died of colon cancer on Sept. 2 in Los Angeles. He was 70.

Born in Erie, Pa., Migliori didn’t have much interest in jazz until his twelfth birthday, when his parents gave him an alto saxophone. Soon he fell in love with jazz, particularly the playing of Charlie Parker. He eventually played with more than two dozen bands, including ensembles led by Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Terry Gibbs and Maynard Ferguson. He underwent cancer surgery six years ago, but kept up a five-night-a-week schedule in nightclubs and other venues until just six weeks before his death.

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