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Rick Henderson Dies

Alto saxophonist and composer-arranger Rick Henderson, who played in Duke Ellington’s Orchestra in the 1950s, died from heart disease on May 21 in his Washington, D.C. home. He was 76 years old.

As a member of Ellington’s band, Henderson appeared albums like The 1953 Pasadena Concert and Capitol Records’ Ellington ’55, among many others. Henderson also recorded considerably behind singer Dinah Washington, and the saxophonist’s warm tone can be sampled on the Washington album After Hours with Miss D, where Henderson appears with trumpeter Clark Terry. From 1956 to 1964 Henderson fronted the house band at the now defunct Howard Theatre, a nationally recognized epicenter for African-American music, located in Washington D.C.’s historic U. Street district.

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