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Saxophonist Arnie Lawrence Dies

Alto saxophonist Arnie Lawrence died Friday in Jerusalem at age 66. Lawrence had a successful career and played with many artists, including Charlie Palmieri, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry and Tito Rodriguez. He was also a member of the Tonight Show Orchestra for Johnny Carson and was the cofounder of the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program.

Lawrence was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 10, 1938 and began studying clarinet at age 11. By age 17, he was leading groups on the “Jazz Unlimited” series presented at Birdland in New York and early on, played a double bill with John Coltrane. He was soon playing with bands and artists such as the Frank Foster Big Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones and Maynard Ferguson.

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