Saxophonist Michael Brecker Suffering From Blood Disease

Classic Arts News   Saxophonist Michael Brecker Suffering From Blood Disease
Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker is suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and has postponed or canceled all of his upcoming performances, according to a statement on his web site.

MDS is a rare group of disorders in which the production of blood cells by the bone marrow is disrupted. It can sometimes lead to leukemia.

Brecker emerged in the early 1970s as a member of the jazz-rock band Dreams. Later, he and his brother Randy, a flugelhornist, formed the popular fusion group the Brecker Brothers; he also was a leader of Steps Ahead. He has led his own groups since 1986, often playing in a more traditional jazz style.

Brecker has also appeared with pop musicians including James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Steely Dan, and played in the Saturday Night Live band in the 1980s..

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