Steve Marcus, Big-Band Saxophonist and Fusion Pioneer, Dies at 66

Classic Arts News   Steve Marcus, Big-Band Saxophonist and Fusion Pioneer, Dies at 66
 
Steve Marcus, a saxophonist who played with Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich and recorded some of the first albums fusing rock and jazz, died on September 25, the New York Times reports. He was 66.

Marcus studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and appeared in the groups of Stan Kenton, Gary Burton, Woody Herman, and Herbie Mann in the 1960s. In 1968, he recorded Tomorrow Never Knows, a then-novel mix of avant-garde jazz and psychedelic rock. He made two similar albums, Count's Rock Band and The Lord's Prayer, the following year.

Marcus returned to big-band jazz in 1975, when he joined Rich's big band. He played with Rich until the drummer's death in 1987, and later appeared in a big band and a smaller group devoted to Rich's music.

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