Steve Lacy

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Date of Birth July 23, 1934
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Jun 4, 2004 (69)
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Steve Lacy (saxophonist)

Steve Lacy, born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive dixieland musician, Lacy went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and to a lesser extent in free improvisation, but Lacy's music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. Lacy also became a highly distinctive composer, with compositions often built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times. The music of Thelonious Monk became a permanent part of Lacy's repertoire after a stint in the pianist's band, with Monk's songs appearing on virtually every Lacy album and concert program; Lacy often partnered with trombonist Roswell Rudd in exploring Monk's work.

Birth name: Steven Norman Lackritz
Born: July 23, 1934, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: June 04, 2004
Genres: Jazz, dixieland, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Soprano saxophone
Associated acts: Red Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Pops Foster, Thelonious Monk, Mal Waldron, Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor, Michail Bezverkhni
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About Steve Lacy

Late Dixieland jazz artist who was one of the most influential saxophonists throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Steve Lacy Before Fame

He began his music career at age sixteen as a backing saxophonist. He went on to work with Cecil Taylor.

Achievement of Steve Lacy

He released over 100 albums as a band leader from 1957 to 2004.

Steve Lacy Family Life

He was married to singer and violinist Irene Aebi.

Associations of Steve Lacy

Duke Ellington wrote two songs for Lacy's 1962 album, Evidence.

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