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Saxophonist Sam Falzone Dies at 79

Played with Don Ellis Orchestra, taught in Buffalo schools

Sam Falzone (in red) with members of the Don Ellis Orchestra at 2005 reunion

Sam Falzone, a saxophonist best known for his work with the Don Ellis Orchestra, died Sept. 22 in Getzville, N.Y., according to published obituaries in the Buffalo area. He was 79; a cause of death was not noted but Falzone had resided at Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville.

Born Salvatore J. Falzone in Buffalo, he performed with the Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s. Then, after earning a degree in music education at Fredonia State College (where he majored in woodwinds, according to the Buffalo News), Falzone taught instrumental music in the Buffalo area.

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