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Saxophonist/Bandleader Phil Bodner Dies at 90

Phil Bodner, a saxophonist who conducted, played with and arranged the ’60s instrumental group the Brass Ring, died Feb. 24 at age 90. The cause was not announced.

Most active during the 1950s-’70s, Bodner also recorded with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and others, and was signed to Enoch Light’s Command label as a solo artist, where he recorded with such musicians as DickHyman, Doc Severinsen and Urbie Green.

The Brass Ring placed two singles in the Top 40, 1966’s “The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)” and “The Dis-Advantages of You” the following year. After the group disbanded in the ’70s, Bodner worked primarily as a studio musician and with various bands in New York clubs, playing both saxophone and various woodwind instruments. He formed a jazz group with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Mel Lewis in the early ’80s.

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