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Steve Lacy Appointed to New England Conservatory

The New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, Mass. announces two new appointments to its staff: Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (pictured left) and jazz composer Ken Schaphorst will join the ranks of musicians John Abercrombie, Oscar Stagnaro, Danilo Perez and many others on staff at NEC’s Jazz Studies and Improvisation Department.

Steve Lacy is widely recognized for his early associations with Thelonious Monk, Gil Evans and Cecil Taylor, but perhaps his greatest claim to fame is having inspired John Coltrane to try the soprano saxophone during a 1960 “battle of the bands” between Monk’s and Coltrane’s groups in New York City.

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