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Steve Lacy Dies

Steve Lacy, a highly accomplished saxophonist and early member of the free-jazz school that also included pianist Cecil Taylor, died June 4 in Boston from cancer. He was 69.

Born on July 23, 1934 in New York, N.Y., Lacy is considered to be one of the great soprano saxophonists of all time. Originally a clarinet player, Lacy switched to the saxophone after hearing soprano player Sidney Bechet’s recording of “The Mooche.” During his teenage years, Lacy was schooled by artists like Pee Wee Russell, Hot Lips Page, Rex Stewart, Buck Clayton, Jimmy Rushing, Dicky Wells, Walter Page and Jimmy Giuffre.

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